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I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 9

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 9

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: 5

If punishment reaches not the mind and makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

John Locke
Total votes: 4

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world; Shut up in the prison of their own consciences.

James Usher
Total votes: 11

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Total votes: 17

There is a point at which even justice does injury.

Sophocles
Total votes: 13

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 13

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.

Victor Hugo
Total votes: 9

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

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)
Total votes: 9

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: 10

It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.

Thomas Jefferson
Total votes: 16

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: 10

Justice renders to every one his due.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Total votes: 6

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

Friedrich Engels
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: 11

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: 10

Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.

Dan Duva
Total votes: 14

Vices are not crimes.

Lysander Spooner
Total votes: 10

The solution to our drug problem is not in incarceration.
 

Barry McCaffrey
Total votes: 5

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.

Charles Caleb Colton
Total votes: 11

The power of punishment is to silence, not to confute.

Samuel Johnson
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: 13


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Total votes: 8

You utter a vow, or forge a signature, and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman, or prison.

Bronislaw Malinowski
Total votes: 9