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Prison Quotes

Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached.

Antonin Scalia
Total votes: 28

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: 20

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.

Vittorio Alfieri
Total votes: 40

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: 28

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

Titus Livy
Total votes: 23

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke
Total votes: 28

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: 28

The only difference between me and my fellow actors is that I've spent more time in jail.

 

Robert Mitchum
Total votes: 24

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.

Edmund Burke
Total votes: 25

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Total votes: 27

The only effect of public punishment is to show the rabble how bravely it can be borne; and that every one who hath lost a toe-nail hath suffered worse.

Walter Savage Landor
Total votes: 27

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

H. L. Mencken
Total votes: 45

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

Horace Mann
Total votes: 30

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

Eldridge Cleaver
Total votes: 28

One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.

Oscar Wilde
Total votes: 33

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

George Bernard Shaw
Total votes: 31

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

Jeffrey Archer
Total votes: 34

The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting.

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
Total votes: 31

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a God.

Jean Rostand
Total votes: 27

One crime is everything; two nothing.

Dorothee DeLuzy
Total votes: 34

It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Mario Vargas Llosa
Total votes: 26


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

Vladimir Putin
Total votes: 24

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

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

John Locke
Total votes: 18

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

Daryl Gates
Total votes: 27