Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.
The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
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.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
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.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.
We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.
Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.
When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.
I was in prison, and you came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
~(Jesus Christ) Matthew 25:36, 40
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.