No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.
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.
The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.
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.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.
There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.
Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.
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 idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.
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.