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Prison Quotes

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: 30

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

Jerry Brown
Total votes: 27

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

Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Total votes: 30

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: 35

We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 30

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.

A. R. Ammons
Total votes: 24

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 36

Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 30

No man should be judge in his own case.

Legal Maxim
Total votes: 24

In prisons, those things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 31

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 27

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 29

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 27

Prison continues, on those who are entrusted to it, a work begun elsewhere, which the whole of society pursues on each individual through innumerable mechanisms of discipline.

Michel Foucault
Total votes: 25

On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.

Robert Anton Wilson
Total votes: 22

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

Aeschylus
Total votes: 32

Reality becomes a prison to those who can’t get out of it.

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 30

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 29


While crime is punished it yet increases.

Seneca
Total votes: 25

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: 28

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: 31

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: 26

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 33

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Total votes: 37

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 32