Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.
The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.
The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.
The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
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.
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
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.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.