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.
To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
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.
To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.
Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.
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.
Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
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.
I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.
There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.