If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
We have our own system, ... and journalists in our system are not put in prison for embarrassing the government by revealing things the government might not wish to have revealed. The important thing is that our system, under which journalists can write without fear or favor, should continue.
Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.
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.
Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.
When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.
The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.
Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.
No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
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.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.
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.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.