In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.
There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.
Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.
Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.
Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.
No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.
Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.