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Prison Quotes

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 36

Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 36

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

Seneca
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: 56

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 56

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: 31

A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.

Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Total votes: 33

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 39

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 56

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 52

I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.

Fredrich August von Hayek
Total votes: 62

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 41

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 30

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

Japanese Proverb
Total votes: 44

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

Gene Tierney
Total votes: 52

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 51

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 40

Women have worked hard; starved in prison; given of their time and lives that we might sit in the House of Commons and take part in the legislating of this country.

Ellen Wilkinson
Total votes: 29

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: 53

The public have more interest in the punishment of an injury than he who receives it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 35


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 32

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 64

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: 84


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 32

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 53