In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.
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.
Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.
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.
Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.
We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.
Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.
Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.