Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.
Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.
Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.
A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.
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.
I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.
Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.
Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.