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Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other.
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of 'I know.' Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.
All emphasis in American prisons is on punishment, retribution, and disparagement, and almost none is on rehabilitation.
Our health care system squanders money because it is designed to react to emergencies. Homeless shelters, hospital emergency rooms, jails, prisons - these are expensive and ineffective ways to intervene and there are people who clearly profit from this cycle of continued suffering.
And I see the - you know, when I go to the juvenile detention centers and prisons, I see people who can't read now. And I know that when they leave those prisons and those detention centers, they're not going to be able to make it in our society.
Walter Dean Myers
We must stop the trend of closing schools and building prisons.
All prisons that have existed in our society to date put people away as no human being should ever be put away.
If you strike at, imprison, or kill us, out of our prisons or graves we will still evoke a spirit that will thwart you, and perhaps, raise a force that will destroy you! We defy you! Do your worst!
We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them.
Solitary confinement is too terrible a punishment to inflict on any human being, no matter what his crime. Hardened criminals in the men's prisons, it is said, often beg for the lash instead.
A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty.
You can look at the West Bank. Cities are like prisons. They can be closed quickly by the Israeli forces, and everything stops in these cities. This is the result of Oslo.
Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former.
Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.
I know that the last thing a book wants is to just sit around unread, serving as an element of interior decorating. So when I have people over, all they have to do is glance at my books, and I implore them to take a few home with them. If I am really ambitious, I pack books into boxes and donate them to prisons.
I have to say when we talk about the treatment of these prisoners that I would guess that these prisoners wake up every morning thanking Allah that Saddam Hussein is not in charge of these prisons.
Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons.
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
It is certain that the study of human psychology, if it were undertaken exclusively in prisons, would also lead to misrepresentation and absurd generalizations.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
We've got to clear some of the room out of the prisons so we can put the bad guys in there, like the pedophiles and the politicians.
The only dead bodies from marijuana are in the prisons and at the hands of the police. This is ridiculous.
I'm suggesting that we abolish the social function of prisons.
Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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