Writing is powerful. Whether it's a little girl hiding from the Nazis in an attic, or Amnesty International writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, the power of telling stories is usually what causes change.
Keeping a guy in prison costs 50,000 bucks a year. Executing one costs a couple million.
It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
It is also asserted that the election settled the matters of the war and the torture of prisoners. These are dead issues that no longer need be addressed.
I want to be a figure for prison reform. I think that the criminal justice system is rotten.
An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
I have much to say about the pain I've felt and seen inside of prison. It has been an eye-opening and harrowing experience.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
Your secret is your prisoner; once you reveal it, you become its slave.
What's happened at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is one of the grossest violations of human rights under the Geneva Conventions that we have record of. It is simply monstrous.
Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it.
By the fulfillment of my legal and moral duty I think I have earned punishment just as little as the tens of thousands of dutiful German officials who have now been imprisoned only because they carried out their duties.
We are imprisoned in the realm of life, like a sailor on his tiny boat, on an infinite ocean.
That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.
A prisoner in the Inquisition is never allowed to see the face of his accuser, or of the witnesses against him, but every method is taken by threats and tortures, to oblige him to accuse himself, and by that means corroborate their evidence.
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