When a man steals and is sent to the penitentiary he ought to be sent there to be reformed and not to be brutalized; to be made a better man, not to be robbed. I am in favor, when you put a man in the penitentiary, of making him work, and I am in favor of paying him what his work is worth, so that in five years, when he leaves the prison cell, he will have a few dollars to use as a breastwork between him and temptation, and something for a foundation upon which to build a nobler life. As it stands now, he is simply turned out and before long he is driven back. Nobody will employ him, nobody will take him, and, the night following the day of his release he is without a roof over his head and goes back to his old ways.
We must recollect that it is the misfortune of a man to become a criminal. There are thousands and thousands of criminals in our country. These people do exactly as their conditions require them to do. In other words, the conditions of society must not be such as to produce criminals. I want to see all people living here in peace. If we want them to live in peace, we must develop the brain, civilize the heart, and above all things, must not forget education.