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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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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
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Men simply copied the realities of their hearts when they built prisons.
~Richard Wright
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More than 90 percent of all the prisoners in our American prisons have been abused as children.
~John Powell
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Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
~William Blake
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Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill - spending billions of dollars to build more prisons, to place more band-aids on society's scars.
~Carrie P. Meek
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When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggers; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am friend of its happiness; when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government.
~Thomas Paine
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It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
~Corazon Aquino
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There'll be moments when I'm out in the prison yard, chatting with the cast and the crew, getting ready to shoot a scene. And then I'll remember if I were actually an inmate, I'd only be out there an hour. The other 23 hours of the day, I'd be in my cell. It's kind of a downer.
~Wentworth Miller
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A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston Pass. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.
~Ronnie Corbett
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Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.
~Camille Paglia
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