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Prison Quotes

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 66

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 30

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 53

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

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 70

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 55

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: 35

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.

Sir Philip Sidney
Total votes: 44

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

Seneca
Total votes: 43

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 58

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 45

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

Suge Knight
Total votes: 39

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

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 69

To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 40

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 40

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 54

The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.

P. D. Ouspensky
Total votes: 33

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 30

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 58

The uneven impact of actual enforcement measures tends to mirror and reinforce more general patterns of discrimination (along socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, sexual, and perhaps generational lines) within the society. As a consequence, such enforcement (ineffective as it may be in producing conformity) almost certainly reinforces feelings of alienation already prevalent within major segments of the population.

Edwin M. Schur
Total votes: 32

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: 43

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 67

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: 43

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 45

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 43

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 38