The Spirits' Book
Book Three - Moral Laws
Chapter VIII - VII. Law of Progress
Progress of Societal Legislation
796. Is the severity of criminal laws necessary for society as it stands today?
“A depraved society requires more severe laws, but your laws, unfortunately, are designed to punish wrongdoing after the fact, rather than eliminating the source of bad behavior. Only education can reform humankind, and then you will no longer require such harsh laws.”