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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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He had drawn many a thousand of these rations in prisons and camps, and though he'd never had an opportunity to weight them on scales, and although, being a man of timid nature, he knew no way of standing up for his rights, he, like every other prisoner, had discovered long ago that honest weight was never to be found in the bread-cutting. There was short weight in every ration. The only point was how short. So every day you took a look to soothe your soul - today, maybe, they haven't snitched any.
~Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
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The object of punishment is prevention from evil; it never can be made impulsive to good.
~Horace Mann
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The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
~Henry Ward Beecher
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I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there.
~Charles Bukowski
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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
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Wicked deeds are generally done, even with impunity, for the mere desire of occupation.
~Marcellinus Ammianus
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It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.
~Bias of Priene
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Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.
~Henry Thomas Buckle
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Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.
~Edmund Burke
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Those magistrates who can prevent crime, and do not, in effect encourage it.
~Marcus Porcius Cato
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