A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
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%.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
Whatever is worthy to be loved for anything is worthy of preservation. A wise and dispassionate legislator, if any such should ever arise among men, will not condemn to death him who has done or is likely to do more service than injury to society. Blocks and gibbets are the nearest objects with legislators, and their business is never with hopes or with virtues.
Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.
The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.
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.
If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.