Monday, April 05, 2010

Quote: Against Prisons

In the government you call civilized, the happiness of the people is constantly sacrificed to the splendour of empires. Hence your codes of criminal and civil laws have their origin; hence your dungeons and prisons. I will not enlarge on an idea so singular in civilized life. Among us we have no prisons.

-- Mohawk leader Thayendanega, aka Joseph Brant, b. 1743 - d. 1807

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