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.
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.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.
Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.
Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”
There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.
The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
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.
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.