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Prison Quotes

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: 54

There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves; but it were much better to make such good provisions, by which every man might be put in a method how to live, and so to be preserved from the fatal necessity of stealing and dying for it.

Thomas Moore
Total votes: 21

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: 16

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

Clarence S. Darrow
Total votes: 12

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

Henry Brooks Adams
Total votes: 18

If you treat prisoners well, they will be less angry, less inclined to violence inside prison, less likely to provoke violent actions by guards, less likely to have reason to file brutality lawsuits that cost taxpayers a bundle and waste administrators' time. And most important, well-treated prisoners will be less likely to leave prison angrier, more vicious and more inclined to criminal behavior than when they went in.

Frank Wood, Commissioner of Corrections, Minnesota
Total votes: 21

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

Seneca
Total votes: 14

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

Sir Henry Wotton
Total votes: 19

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

Frederick Langbridge
Total votes: 25

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.

James Usher
Total votes: 15

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 23

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: 19

To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.

Voltaire
Total votes: 15

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

John Locke
Total votes: 9

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: 18

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

Samuel Butler
Total votes: 17

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 14

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
 

Karl Kraus
Total votes: 23

The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 15

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: 20

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 22

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 26

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 19

You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.

Bronislaw Malinowski
Total votes: 18

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

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Total votes: 16