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Many a wise person has pondered the plight of the prisoner. From Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde to Fyodor Dostoevsky, the issue of imprisonment has inspired many heartfelt remarks. The following quotes speak to our intellect as well as our emotions. In a society that rushes to warehouse human lives, we urge you to slow down, pause, and contemplate the unique reality of imprisonment. We hope you will find yourself thinking - perhaps even feeling - that we can do better.

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To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.
~Charles Wyndham
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Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.
~Woody Allen
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Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
~Marcellinus Ammianus
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Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.
~Edmund Burke
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Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
~Marcus Porcius Cato
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The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.
~Mazo de la Roche
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Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
~Oliver Goldsmith
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If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.
~Paul Eldridge
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Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
~George Farquhar
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Crime is not punished as an offense against God, but as prejudicial to society.
~James Anthony Froude
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