Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.
Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.
When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.
It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.
Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.
A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
Fast closed with double grills
And triple gates – the cell
To wicked souls is hell;
But to a mind that's innocent
'Tis only iron, wood and stone.
The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving, An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.