I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
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.
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.
I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.