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.
When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.
It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
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.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards, as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.
Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.