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Prison Quotes

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 52

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: 45

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
You voted 3. Total votes: 76

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Horace Mann
Total votes: 49

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
You voted 1. Total votes: 54

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 56

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 36

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 76

Fast closed with double grills And triple gates–the cell To wicked souls is hell; But to a mind that's innocent 'Tis only iron, wood and stone.

Paul Pelisson Fontanier
Total votes: 86

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 56


Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

Anacharsis
Total votes: 52

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 71

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 57

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 50

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 53

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
Total votes: 90

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

Seneca
You voted 4. Total votes: 58

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 54

Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.

Mr. Prophet
Total votes: 72

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
You voted 4. Total votes: 88

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 63


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 69

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 61

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 64

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 87