The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
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.
The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.
Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.
Before we can diminish our sufferings from the ill-controlled aggressive assaults of fellow citizens, we must renounce the philosophy of punishment, the obsolete, vengeful penal attitude. In its place we would seek a comprehensive, constructive social attitude - therapeutic in some instances, restraining in some instances, but preventive in its total social impact. In the last analysis this becomes a question of personal morals and values. No matter how glorified or how piously disguised, vengeance as a human motive must be personally repudiated by each and every one of us.
No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.
I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.
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 public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.
One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.
I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.
In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.
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.