Thursday, March 8, 2012

Quote of the Day: Mercy, the Forgotten Element

"[The prisoners'] humanity entitles them to something else: a measure of understanding, and the mercy that flows from a justice system whose rulers remember that they too are tempted to do wrong, and often yield to the temptation. That understanding and that mercy, in turn, flow from an idea that once was so well understood that it needed never to be expressed, yet now it all but forgotten: the idea that legal condemnation is a necessary but terrible thing - to be used sparingly, not promiscuously." - William J. Stuntz, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice.

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