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Prison Quotes

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: 19

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.

Ramsey Clark
Total votes: 20

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 22

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 19

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: 18

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 15

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: 11

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 22

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 19

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

John Locke
Total votes: 9

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 21

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 15

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 20

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 16

Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that often [is] considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.

Robert Rice
Total votes: 20

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
Total votes: 16

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 16

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 15

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: 12

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 15

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

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 24

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 22

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

Steve Buscemi
Total votes: 16

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 21

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 23