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Prison Quotes

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
 

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 52

In prison, you get the chance to see who really loves you.

Suge Knight
Total votes: 15

Steal goods and you’ll go to prison, steal lands and you are a king.

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 17

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.

W. C. Fields
Total votes: 16

Show me the prison, Show me the jail, Show me the prisoner whose life has gone stale. And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why And there, but for fortune, go you or I.

Phil Ochs
Total votes: 4

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

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 13

The thoughts of a prisoner - they're not free either. They keep returning to the same things.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Total votes: 18

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: 24

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 18

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

James Bell
Total votes: 15

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 18

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

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 25

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 13

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: 17

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

Robert Rice
Total votes: 19

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: 14

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 14

History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.

Naguib Mahfouz
Total votes: 18

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether.

Cyril Connolly
Total votes: 16

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

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 22

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 17

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: 10

We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 13

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 19

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: 17