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Prison Quotes

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

The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 34


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 42

Corporal punishment falls far more heavily than most weighty pecuniary penalty.

Seneca
Total votes: 33

We shall not yield to violence. We shall not be deprived of union freedoms. We shall never agree with sending people to prison for their convictions.

Lech Walesa
Total votes: 45

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

George Santayana
Total votes: 37

He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.

Seneca
Total votes: 40

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: 56

The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.

Horace Mann
Total votes: 36

We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.

Will Rogers
Total votes: 27

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 41

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 44

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
 

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 67


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 32

I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 45

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Robert Anton Wilson
Total votes: 28

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 42

Do not lay on the multitude the blame that is due to a few.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 47

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

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 51

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

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 37

They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 37

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 46

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 35

The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 50

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 42