Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.
When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.
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.
Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.
We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.
I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.
It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.
I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.
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.