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Many a wise person has pondered the plight of the prisoner. From Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde to Fyodor Dostoevsky, the issue of imprisonment has inspired many heartfelt remarks. The following quotes speak to our intellect as well as our emotions. In a society that rushes to warehouse human lives, we urge you to slow down, pause, and contemplate the unique reality of imprisonment. We hope you will find yourself thinking - perhaps even feeling - that we can do better.

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Prison makes you a better judge of character. You pick up on people much faster.
~Suge Knight
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That is how prison is tearing me up inside. It hurts every day. Every day takes me further from my life.
~Jack Henry Abbott
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One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
~Richard Cowan
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Don't do drugs because if you do drugs you'll go to prison, and drugs are really expensive in prison.
~John Hardwick
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Man is condemned to be free.
~Jean-Paul Sartre
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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
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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
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Well I certainly have learned and I hope I'm moving on and certainly two years of prison was a terrible punishment.
~Jeffrey Archer
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To be in prison so long, it's difficult to remember exactly what you did to get there.
~Jack Henry Abbott
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The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.
~Henry Miller
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