To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.
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.
The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.
Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.
It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.