Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.
The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict.
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.
They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!
Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.