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Prison Quotes

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 28

He had drawn many a thousand of these rations in prisons and camps, and though he'd never had an opportunity to weight them on scales, and although, being a man of timid nature, he knew no way of standing up for his rights, he, like every other prisoner, had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in the bread-cutting. There was short weight in every ration. The only point was how short. So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven't snitched any.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 45

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 77

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

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 52

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 42

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 38

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 45

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: 51

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 34

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 33


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 35

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 35

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 52

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.

William Gurnall
Total votes: 36

The contagion of crime is like that of the plague. Criminals collected together corrupt each other; they are worse than ever when at the termination of their punishment they re-enter society.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Total votes: 41

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 37

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 37

Whatever you think of de Sade, he was a complex figure and we should not look for easy answers with him. He was, strangely perhaps, against the death penalty, and he was never put in prison for murders or anything like that.

Philip Kaufman
Total votes: 43

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 52

Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.

Jean Genet
Total votes: 39

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 39


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: 36

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: 74

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 37