What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.
Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.
Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.
On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.
Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.
When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.
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.
Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.