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Prison Quotes

One crime has to be concealed by another.

Seneca
Total votes: 74

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 34


When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.

Mike Tyson
Total votes: 61


Most people fancy themselves innocent of those crimes of which they cannot be convicted.

Seneca
Total votes: 59

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: 40

Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to.

Sir Henry Wotton
You voted 5. Total votes: 72

To make punishments efficacious, two things are necessary. They must never be disproportioned to the offence, and they must be certain.

William Gilmore Simms
Total votes: 47

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
You voted 5. Total votes: 49

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 44

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Aristotle
You voted 2. Total votes: 43

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 95

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

Edward R. Murrow
Total votes: 45

One man meets an infamous punishment for that crime which confers a diadem upon another.

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)
Total votes: 79

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Calvin Coolidge
Total votes: 48

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: 47

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.

Sir William Blackstone
Total votes: 40

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison.

Epictetus
Total votes: 30

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
You voted 4. Total votes: 64

I have never been contained except I made the prison.

Mary Evans
Total votes: 56

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 44

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

Seneca
Total votes: 40

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

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

Mitchell Burgess
Total votes: 43

Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

Tim Allen
Total votes: 30

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

Earl Warren
Total votes: 56