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Prison Quotes

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 29

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 42

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

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 34

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 50

It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.

Jacques Yves Cousteau
Total votes: 24

Virtue pardons the wicked, as the sandal-tree perfumes the axe which strikes it.

Moslih Eddin
Total votes: 39

Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.

Jean Genet
Total votes: 37

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 34

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 43

A sick person is a prisoner.

Yemeni Proverb
Total votes: 31

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 34

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 35

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Winston Churchill
Total votes: 41

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 32

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 35

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

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 28

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 30

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: 41

There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake.

Daniel Berrigan
Total votes: 33

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.

Germaine Greer
Total votes: 78

There are only two places in the world where time takes precedence over the job to be done. School and prison.

William Glasser
Total votes: 34

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 44

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 33

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.

W. C. Fields
Total votes: 63

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

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 43