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Prison Quotes

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 20

They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!

Nellie Bly
Total votes: 15

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

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 16

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 16

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom.

Dwight David Eisenhower
Total votes: 11

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

John Locke
Total votes: 5

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 20

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 11

Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.

Marquis de Sade
Total votes: 6

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 10

We have initiated programs for re-entry offenders, since some 500,000 to 600,000 offenders will come out of prison each year for the next three or four years. We want to have positive alternatives when they come back to the community.

Janet Reno
Total votes: 12

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 only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 10

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 7

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Father James Keller
Total votes: 12

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: 8

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 13

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong.

Sophocles
Total votes: 5

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 14

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein
Total votes: 17

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.

Graham Greene
Total votes: 10

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

The best situation of all, and one frequently utilized, is for jails and prisons to allow volunteer ministers of all faiths to enter prisons and offer their services to the inmates who want them. That way, the religious needs of inmates are met but without government funds being spent.

Kent Willis
Total votes: 14

To trial bring her stolen charms, and let her prison be my arms.

Charles Wyndham
Total votes: 14

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison walls.

Denis Healey
Total votes: 12