If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.
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.
The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.
Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.
To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
He was a first-time nonviolent possible offender, ... And under the mandatory minimums, he was put in prison for 15 years. Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but the mandatory minimums don't give judges any discretion to look at the background of the case, to read into the specifics of the case. I don't know a judge who really is in favor of the mandatory minimums.
In jail a man has no personality. He is a minor disposal problem and a few entries on reports. Nobody cares who loves or hates him, what he looks like, what he did with his life. Nobody reacts to him unless he gives trouble. Nobody abuses him. All that is asked of him is that he go quietly to the right cell and remain quiet when he gets there. There is nothing to fight against, nothing to be mad at. The jailers are quiet men without animosity or sadism.
Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.