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The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.

Stendhal (pseudonym Henri Beyle)
Total votes: 10

Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 11

The guilt of enforced crimes lies on those who impose them.

Seneca
Total votes: 12

So justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes.

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 11

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

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

Jack Henry Abbott
Total votes: 12

There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.

Ramsey Clark
Total votes: 12

Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released - to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.

Laurence Housman
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: 9

I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story - about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.

Fernando Flores
Total votes: 15

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: 10


Whatever is worthy to be loved for anything is worthy of preservation. A wise and dispassionate legislator, if any such should ever arise among men, will not condemn to death him who has done or is likely to do more service than injury to society. Blocks and gibbets are the nearest objects with legislators, and their business is never with hopes or with virtues.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 12

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 5

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 9

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 6

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

Seneca
Total votes: 9

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: 46


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 7

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
Total votes: 8

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 11

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 10

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 11

Let us remember that justice must be observed even to the lowest.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 8