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Prison Quotes

Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.

Winston Churchill
Total votes: 7

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.

Daniel Webster
Total votes: 15

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

A. E. Housman
Total votes: 17

The perfection of a thing consists in its essence; there are perfect criminals, as there are men of perfect probity.

Mazo de la Roche
Total votes: 12

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 13

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

George Washington
Total votes: 8

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 12

Pardon is the virtue of victory.

Giuseppe Mazzini
Total votes: 11

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

Hiram Mann
Total votes: 23

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator.

Mary Harris Jones
Total votes: 20

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 14

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

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 20

Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.

Peter Ustinov
Total votes: 7

If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.

Danny Glover
Total votes: 10

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell
Total votes: 7

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 9

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 15

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

Aristotle
Total votes: 14

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.

Lord John Campbell
Total votes: 20

It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

Bias of Priene
Total votes: 9

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 11

You stuff somebody into the American dream, and it becomes a prison.

Craig L. Thomas
Total votes: 11

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen?

Charles Dickens
Total votes: 7

Society has used the juvenile courts to create a caste system where there are throw-away people.
~James Bell

James Bell
Total votes: 13

Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year. This is quite a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.

Woody Allen
Total votes: 7