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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: 10

I can work for the Lord in or out of prison.

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 11

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 13

America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.

George W. Bush
Total votes: 6

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 10

Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to be to restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.

John Milton
Total votes: 5

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.

Titus Livy
Total votes: 9

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: 13

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

Lenny Bruce
Total votes: 11

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

John Locke
Total votes: 4

While we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 10

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: 12

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: 45

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 17

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 10

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: 13

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

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 7

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

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 11

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 11

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: 14

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 5

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: 11

A man who has no excuse for a crime, is indeed defenseless!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
Total votes: 15

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 11

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

Reverend Martin Niemoeller
Total votes: 17