Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
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.
There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.
You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.
The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.
Nor cell, nor chain, nor dungeon speaks to the murderer like the voice of solitude.