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Prison Quotes

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

Marcus Porcius Cato
Total votes: 16

No crime has been without a precedent.

Seneca
Total votes: 14

Prison, dungeons, blessed places where evil is impossible because they are the crossroads of all the evil in the world. One cannot commit evil in hell.

Jean Genet
Total votes: 15

Fear can be like a prison. It is, however, a self made prison. Many are imprisoned by fear. No one else can liberate them from this prison. Others may inspire them but they must liberate themselves.

Mr. Prophet
Total votes: 22

In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes.

Geoffrey Fisher
Total votes: 15

We're in a war. People who blast some pot on a casual basis are guilty of treason.

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 11

I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.

Charles Bukowski
Total votes: 19

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: 18

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

Walter Raleigh Sr.
Total votes: 12

No obligation to justice does force a man to be cruel, or to use the sharpest sentence.

Jeremy Taylor
Total votes: 13

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

Judge Mills Lane
Total votes: 14

If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows.

Paul Eldridge
Total votes: 14

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

Joyce Cary
Total votes: 13

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: 12

Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

Henry Thomas Buckle
Total votes: 19

By noiselessly going to a prison a civil-resister ensures a calm atmosphere.

Gandhi
Total votes: 16

It is the deed that teaches, not the name we give it. Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their own kind.

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 18

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 16

I have been studying how I may compare This prison where I live unto the world; And, for because the world is populous, And here is not a creature but myself, I cannot do it. Yet I'll hammer it out.

William Shakespeare
Total votes: 22

Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela
Total votes: 17

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

Earl Warren
Total votes: 13

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: 20

He was a first-time nonviolent possible offender, ... And under the mandatory minimums, he was put in prison for 15 years. Not only does the punishment not fit the crime, but the mandatory minimums don't give judges any discretion to look at the background of the case, to read into the specifics of the case. I don't know a judge who really is in favor of the mandatory minimums.

Carly Simon
Total votes: 10

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: 19

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 17