The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
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.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.
Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.
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.
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.
When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker's to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour -- for the horse was soon tackled -- was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.
Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.
They took away my money, my family, and my security. Why couldn't they destroy my ideas? We will question them in court tomorrow as we trigger The Revolution of all revolutions!
Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.