Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more you must have of the former.
Better build schoolrooms for “the boy” than cells and gibbets for “the man.”
Eighty percent of our criminals come from unsympathetic homes.
The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other. They are worse than ever when, at the termination of their punishment, they return to society.
Nobody is more paranoid about getting robbed than a robber.
The world of crime is a last refuge of the authentic, uncorrupted, spontaneous event.
The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way.
Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
I wouldn’t be in a legitimate business for all the money in the world.