Observations on Penal Jurisprudence: And the Reformation of Criminals

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T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1819 - Criminal law - 323 pages
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Page 136 - And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat : for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
Page 57 - Ev'n those who dwell beneath its very zone, Or never feel the rage, or never own ; What happier natures shrink at with affright, The hard inhabitant contends is right. Virtuous and vicious ev'ry man must be, Few in th...
Page 121 - Religion encourages the assurance, that, if we " train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.
Page 77 - The subject here presented is one of the most important that can engage the attention of the profession. The volume should be generally read, as the subject-matter is of great importance to society.
Page 42 - It is a kind of quackery in government, and argues a want of solid skill, to apply the same universal remedy, the ultimum supplicium, to every case of difficulty. It is, it must be owned, much easier to extirpate than to amend mankind; yet that magistrate must be esteemed both a weak and a cruel surgeon, who cuts off every limb, which, through ignorance or indolence, he will not attempt to cure.
Page 16 - As several of them thug discharged were old offenders, there was some reason to fear that they would not long behave as honest citizens. But if they have returned to their old courses, they have chosen to run the risk of being hanged in other states, rather than encounter the certainty of being confined in the penitentiary cells of this. We may therefore conclude, that the plan adopted has had a good effect on these; for it is a fact well known, that many of them were heretofore frequently at the...
Page 122 - For this cause also thank we GOD without ceasing, because when ye received the Word of GOD, which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the Word of GOD, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
Page 116 - States do not transport convicts; but men are put to labor in the rasp-houses, and women to proper work in the spin-houses — upon this professed maxim, 'MAKE THEM DILIGENT AND THEY WILL BE HONEST.' Great care is taken to give them moral and religious instruction, and reform their manners, for their own and the public good ; and I am well informed that many come out sober and honest.
Page 41 - It is a melancholy truth, that, among the variety of actions which men are daily liable to commit, no less than a hundred and sixty have been declared, by act of parliament, to be felonies without benefit of clergy ; or, in other words, to be worthy of instant death.
Page 102 - CHARLES, par la grâce de Dieu, roi de France et de Navarre, A tous ceux qui ces présentes verront, salut.

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