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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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Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.
~Vittorio Alfieri
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Dangerous criminals need to be locked up as long as possible. But among 46,000 men and women behind bars, there are good people who made bad mistakes, drew a lousy lawyer or got jacked by a flawed system. They can be illiterate "burgurs" or former teachers, but low-risk, well-behaved prisoners deserve a chance to test drive freedom. The sign says "Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections." A parole board that can't handle that can't be replaced fast enough.
~Peter Bronson
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I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.
~Charles Bukowski
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Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.
~Epictetus
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I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.
~William Shakespeare
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Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
~George Bernard Shaw
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Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.
~Vittorio Alfieri
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Every crime has, in the moment of its perpetration, Its own avenging angel--dark misgiving, An ominous sinking at the inmost heart.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.
~George Bernard Shaw
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The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot.
~Vittorio Alfieri
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