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Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 18

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: 11


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 7

Crime succeeds by sudden despatch; honest counsels gain vigor by delay.

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 9

Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 13

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Aristotle
Total votes: 15

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

Gloria Steinem
Total votes: 7

It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.

Corazon Aquino
Total votes: 19

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

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 9

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 13

Crimes generally punish themselves.

Oliver Goldsmith
Total votes: 13

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 7

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

Seneca
Total votes: 9

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

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 9

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: 14

Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously.

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 11

If you share the crime of your friend, you make it your own.

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 10

I know not whether laws be right, or whether laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, a year whose days are long.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 17

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

Seneca
Total votes: 12

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. That is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

Warren E. Burger
Total votes: 10

To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.

Lewis W. Dilwyn
Total votes: 13

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

Charles W. Colson
Total votes: 11

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

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 15

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