No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.
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.
The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.
Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.
Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.
I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.
The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.
On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.
If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
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.