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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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Most crimes are sanctioned in some form or other when they take grand names.
~Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
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Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
~Edgar Watson Howe
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No man should be judge in his own case.
~Legal Maxim
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A just chastisement may benefit a man, though it seldom does; but an unjust one changes all his blood to gall.
~Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
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To be at peace in crime! Ah, who can thus flatter himself.
~Voltaire
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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
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Care should be taken that the punishment does not exceed the guilt; and also that some men do not suffer for offenses for which others are not even indicted.
~Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
~Ramsey Clark
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Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.
~Charles Caleb Colton
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Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
~Henry Ford
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