Great quotes re punishment and the law

“Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.” – John Ruskin

“For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.” – Thomas More, Utopia
– posted to WaPo by “Bimberg”

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