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Prison Quotes

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

William Gilmore Simms
Total votes: 38

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
Total votes: 37

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 35

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 28

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 29

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 46

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 34

If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!

James Connolly
Total votes: 27

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 57

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: 37

I just remember that disturbing feeling of walking into that prison, the complete loss of privacy, the complete loss of stimulation, dignity.

Cybill Shepherd
Total votes: 34

The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.

David Herbert Lawrence
Total votes: 30

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 70

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 63

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

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 37

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 42

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 31

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 56

Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 35

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 35

I existed in a world that never is - the prison of the mind.

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 51

On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the Drug War.

Michael Badnarik
Total votes: 50

Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 34


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 29