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Prison Quotes

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: 36

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

James Bell
Total votes: 27

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: 41

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 41

When is conduct a crime, and when is a crime not a crime? When Somebody Up There -- a monarch, a dictator, a Pope, a legislator -- so decrees.

Jessica Mitford
Total votes: 37

The severest justice may not always be the best policy.

Abraham Lincoln
Total votes: 28

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 27

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: 51


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 32

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 36

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 34

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 31

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 solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 41

As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.

Madame de Stael
Total votes: 42

There is no greater punishment of wickedness that that it is dissatisfied with itself and its deeds.

Seneca
Total votes: 39

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

Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 54

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

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 45

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 35

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 46

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

Marcellinus Ammianus
Total votes: 33

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 35

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: 34

I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker's to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour -- for the horse was soon tackled -- was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 51