It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
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.
I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.
The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.
Before we can diminish our sufferings from the ill-controlled aggressive assaults of fellow citizens, we must renounce the philosophy of punishment, the obsolete, vengeful penal attitude. In its place we would seek a comprehensive, constructive social attitude - therapeutic in some instances, restraining in some instances, but preventive in its total social impact. In the last analysis this becomes a question of personal morals and values. No matter how glorified or how piously disguised, vengeance as a human motive must be personally repudiated by each and every one of us.