The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.
Experts and the educated elite have replaced what worked with what sounded good. Society was far more civilized before they took over our schools, prisons, welfare programs, police departments and courts. It's high time we ran these people out of our lives and went back to common sense.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.
Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
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.
To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.
The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.
I don't like being famous - it is like a prison. And driving for Ferrari would make it far worse.
To try to raise a son from inside the prison walls is a very difficult thing. But I want to say to the world my son at 16 was the one who tried the most to get me out of prison.
Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.