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Prison Quotes

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 41

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 63

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 39

Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter.

Archbishop Richard Whately
Total votes: 63

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 59


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 41

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 50

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

John Locke
Total votes: 35

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: 44

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 51

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 52

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: 44

Prisons don't rehabilitate, they don't punish, they don't protect, so what the hell do they do?

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 46

And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.

William Gurnall
Total votes: 41

The most anxious man in a prison is the governor.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 62

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

Friedrich Engels
Total votes: 47

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 38

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 41

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 44

The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.

Henry Ward Beecher
Total votes: 51

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 46

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 44

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
Total votes: 40

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 42

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

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 43