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Prison Quotes

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
Total votes: 10

Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 15

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: 13

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: 12

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 23

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 14

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 18

Governments have tried to stop crime through punishment throughout the ages, but crime continued in the past punishment remains. Crime can only be stopped through a preventive approach in the schools. You teach the students Transcendental Meditation, and right away they’ll begin using their full brain physiology sensible and they will not get sidetracked into wrong things.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 14

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 9


Karl Menninger
Total votes: 8


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 11

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 16

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

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 11

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 14

If two people fight on the street, whose fault is it? Who is the criminal? It is the government’s responsibility because the government has not educated the people to not make mistakes. The people have inadequate, incompetent education, so they make mistakes! It is such a fraud.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Total votes: 10

No man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry 'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Hiram Mann
You voted 5. Total votes: 14

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 10

I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up...I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through, before they could get to be as free as I was.

Henry David Thoreau
Total votes: 11

Money will determine whether the accused goes to prison or walks out of the courtroom a free man.

Johnnie Cochran
Total votes: 15

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 13


Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.

Mike Epps
Total votes: 15

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 11

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky (Unverfied)
Total votes: 18

Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 11

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 19