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Prison Quotes

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 30

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 35

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 53

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 38

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 42

I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 42

I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: prisons are archaic, brutal, unregenerative, overcrowded hell holes where the inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one humane thought given to what they are going to do once they are released. You're an animal in a cage and you're treated like one.

Jimmy Hoffa
Total votes: 75

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.

Daniel Webster
Total votes: 36

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 53

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 72

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
You voted 1. Total votes: 67

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 42

What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few.

Benjamin Disraeli
Total votes: 43

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 49

I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.

Fredrich August von Hayek
Total votes: 63

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 30

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 35

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Robert Anton Wilson
Total votes: 29

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 38

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 39

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 40

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
You voted 5. Total votes: 31

He was a first-time nonviolent possible offender, ... And under the mandatory minimums, he was put in prison for 15 years. Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but the mandatory minimums don't give judges any discretion to look at the background of the case, to read into the specifics of the case. I don't know a judge who really is in favor of the mandatory minimums.

Carly Simon
Total votes: 27

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 38

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 46