History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.
They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.
Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.
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.
Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!
Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
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.
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.