To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.
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.
Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
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.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.
We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.
To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.
Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.