Liberal friendly quotes:

"Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog."
-- Mark Twain, Speech 11/23/1900

"The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses."
-- Bertrand Russell, Ideas That Have Harmed Mankind

"For the same criminal behavior,
the poor are more likely to be arrested; if arrested, they are more likely to be charged; if charged, more likely to be convicted; if convicted, more likely to be sentenced to prison; and if sentenced, more likely to be given longer prison terms than members of the middle and upper classes."
-- Jeffrey Reiman, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison

"The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another."
-- Sojourner Truth, saying

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
-- Albert Einstein, My First Impression of the U.S.A., 1921

"Brains'll only get you so far, then luck always runs out."
-- Harvey Keitel on the odds of a crime spree paying off, Thelma and Louise

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