Founders Quote: On Crime

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"To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence.  To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim."

-- James Wilson (Of the Study of the Law in the United States, Circa 1790)

Reference: The Works of James Wilson, McCloskey, ed., vol. 1 (441-43) [Sheehan (5:14)]