I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.
The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.
Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?
Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
It was only when I lay there on the rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states nor between social classes nor between political parties, but right through every human heart, through all human hearts. And that is why I turn back to the years of my imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those about me, bless you, prison, for having been a part of my life.
If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.
The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
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.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.