Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.
No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.
They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.
The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.
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.
You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.
A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.
The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.
The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.
Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.
Whatever is worthy to be loved for anything is worthy of preservation. A wise and dispassionate legislator, if any such should ever arise among men, will not condemn to death him who has done or is likely to do more service than injury to society. Blocks and gibbets are the nearest objects with legislators, and their business is never with hopes or with virtues.
Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.
Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.
Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.