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Prison Quotes

A variety in punishment is of utility, as well as a proportion.

George Washington
Total votes: 35

Body is a home, a prison and a grave.

James Runcie
Total votes: 39

Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger.

Philip Emeagwali
Total votes: 38

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 33

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
Total votes: 64

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

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 39

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

Voltaire
Total votes: 74

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

Earl Warren
Total votes: 57

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 65

We are prisoners of ideas.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Total votes: 46

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 73

Shyness is the prison of the heart.

Spanish Proverb
Total votes: 64


Federal prison, if you get any of it, you're going to have to do 85% of it. And the reason why I called it that is because I had a friend who got sent to the federal joint and his whole... it wasn't about him being in jail. He cried about the 85%.

Mike Epps
Total votes: 52


We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 41

When it comes to freedom, we are but prisoners of our own desires.

Eric Schaub
Total votes: 41

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 39

There's no greater threat to our independence, to our cherished freedoms and personal liberties than the continual, relentless injection of these insidious poisons into our system. We must decide whether we cherish independence from drugs, without which there is no freedom.

William Von Raab
Total votes: 51

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.

Thomas Denman
Total votes: 47

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 44


He who profits by a crime commits it.

Seneca
Total votes: 80

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

Aung San Suu Kyi
Total votes: 61

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

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 45

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: 57

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 44

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: 41