Incarceration Quotes

Incarceration Quotes by Bill Vaughan, Jan Brewer, Shaun King, Michelle Alexander, James Forman, Jr., Kool A.D. and many others.

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The Democratic leadership has expressed great concern for the incarceration rate in the commonwealth in the last few years. Now they want to fill the prisons up with people who would violate the merit law, a law that’s been proven to be ambiguous at best and impossible to understand at worst.
Bill Vaughan
We have over 500,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona. And we simply cannot sustain it. It costs us a tremendous amount of money of course in health care, in education, and then, on top of it all, in incarceration. And the federal government doesn’t reimburse us on any of these things.
Jan Brewer
Conservatives will fight hard to preserve the institutions of mass incarceration and police brutality. Because they don’t see themselves as victims of these things, but as benefactors, they will fight hard to preserve the status quo against a reform candidate.
Shaun King
The system of mass incarceration depends almost entirely on the cooperation of those it seeks to control.
Michelle Alexander
While mass incarceration is a national crisis, it was built locally.
James Forman, Jr.
Various “wars on drugs” throughout history have killed millions, enslaved millions more, destroyed families, are usually just thin pretenses for mass incarceration, mass surveillance, ethnic cleansing, population control.
Kool A.D.
The success of the few does not excuse the caste-like system that exists for many. In fact, black exceptionalism – the high-profile, highly visible examples of the black success – actually serves to justify and rationalize mass incarceration.
Michelle Alexander
I love the story of ‘Lamborghini Doors,’ a record with Meek Mill and myself – it came together when I went to visit him during his incarceration.
Rick Ross
Hillary Clinton understands that we have to invest in education and jobs for our young people, not more jails or incarceration.
Bernie Sanders
I am still committed to building a movement to end mass incarceration, but I will not do it with blinders on. If all we do is end mass incarceration, this movement will not have gone nearly far enough.
Michelle Alexander
An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.
Richard Louv
School desegregation is associated with higher graduation rates, greater employability, higher earnings, and decreased rates of incarceration.
Clint Smith
Unless we address those that are leaving prisons, we can’t begin to repair the damage of mass incarceration and make our communities whole and healthy once again.
Susan Burton
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Michelle Alexander
Ending police brutality and mass incarceration. There is a growing left-right support for criminal justice reform.
Ralph Nader
Incarceration is supposed to keep the community safe from your behavior.
Judy Sheindlin
The day-to-day discomforts of prison life, combined with the big-picture realities of mass incarceration, do not add up to a party.
W. Kamau Bell
Mass incarceration and its never-ending human toll will be with us until we come to see that no crime justifies permanent civic death.
James Forman, Jr.
Incarceration didnt change me. In many ways, incarceration galvanized me. The totality of the experience helped me.
Roger Avary
My family never missed a visit in eight months, ever. I cried coming out. I didn’t cry coming in. There’s a big difference. I believe that God put me there for a reason, Incarceration is serious.
Foxy Brown
The school-to-prison pipeline – the disproportionality that exists in handing out school discipline in schools to Black and Brown students for simple infractions – pushes kids out of classrooms and into our ever-growing system of mass incarceration.
Jamaal Bowman
Individual children are separated from their parents only when those parents cross the border illegally and are arrested. We can’t have children with parents who are in incarceration.
Alex Azar
I live in New Orleans, because it’s the strangest city in the United States. It has the highest murder rate in the country, the highest incarceration rate, and often we have to boil our drinking water, but there’s nowhere else remotely like it.
Nathaniel Rich
As described in ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,’ the cyclical rebirth of caste in America is a recurring racial nightmare.
Michelle Alexander
It makes a lot more sense for us to be investing in jobs and education rather than jails and incarceration.
Bernie Sanders
When we have people whose lives are being turned around in a negative way because they’re incarcerated for either too long or for crimes that don’t need incarceration, that’s a moral issue for me.
Tony Evers
Monastic incarceration is castration.
Victor Hugo
In the history of postwar German writing, for the first 15 or 20 years, people avoided mentioning political persecution – the incarceration and systematic extermination of whole peoples and groups in society. Then, from 1965, this became a preoccupation of writers – not always in an acceptable form.
W. G. Sebald
America, the self-described greatest nation on Earth, has the highest incarceration rate on the planet.
W. Kamau Bell
If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.
Matthew Desmond
Nothing has contributed more to the systematic mass incarceration of people of color in the United States than the War on Drugs
Michelle Alexander
That it is not same-gender relationships that are destroying marriage. What is actually destroying marriage is high unemployment, incarceration, a lack of education and ministers living in contradiction where they speak about holiness on one side but yet are living in adultery on the other.
Otis Moss III
Not graduating high school on time leads to fewer chances of attending college and obtaining good paying jobs, and creates instead higher chances of incarceration and unemployment.
Al Sharpton
The mass incarceration of poor people of color, particularly black men, has emerged as a new caste system, one specifically designed to address the social, economic, and political challenges of our time.
Michelle Alexander
When reporters are in the business of obtaining hard facts that service the free flow of information, journalists should have a right to obtain that information without fear of personal ruin or incarceration.
Rod Lurie
I think my whole life has been shaped by my childhood incarceration in America’s concentration camps.
George Takei
We long to have a home where civil freedoms are respected, where our children will not be subject to mass surveillance, abuse of human rights, political censorship and mass incarceration. We stand with all the free peoples of the world and hope you stand with us in our quest for justice and freedom.
Joshua Wong
These 2.3 million prisoners, somehow we’ve convinced ourselves that’s normal and rational, more prisoners than soldiers, more prisoners than China, more than one per cent of the adult population, seven times the incarceration rate of Canada or any Western European country.
Peter Moskos
We’ve been addicted to incarceration as a primary response for decades, whether or not it’s a good use of resources, whether or not it’s humane, whether or not it is effective at keeping us safe, rehabilitating or healing victims.
Chesa Boudin
One in three young African American men is currently under the control of the criminal justice system in prison, in jail, on probation, or on parole – yet mass incarceration tends to be categorized as a criminal justice issue as opposed to a racial justice or civil rights issue (or crisis).
Michelle Alexander
Because prison sentences in America tend to be long, de-incarceration lags falling crime rates by a fair amount, but eventually it does catch up.
Kevin Drum
I believe it is possible to bring an end to mass incarceration and birth a new moral consensus about how we ought to be responding to poor folks of color and a consensus in support of basic human rights for all. But it is going to take some work.
Michelle Alexander
Many states can no longer afford to support public education, public benefits, public services without doing something about the exorbitant costs that mass incarceration have created.
Bryan Stevenson
Just as incarceration has come to define the lives of low-income black men, eviction is defining the lives of low-income black women.
Matthew Desmond
The land of the free – we’ve got an army marching around the world under the banner of freedom, and yet, we are the most un-free society, in terms of institutions of the deprivation of liberty, of incarceration. The incidents of incarceration is higher in the United States than elsewhere in the world.
Glenn Loury
The fact that more than 50 percent of Americans have an immediate family member either currently or formerly incarcerated tells you a lot about just how defining a feature of American culture incarceration has become.
Chesa Boudin
The whole reason behind my album ‘Free TC’ is seeing all that police brutality, injustice, mass incarceration.
Ty Dolla Sign
That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed: all of that exists, and it exists everywhere.
Ben Kingsley
The prison industrial complex, to put it in its crassest term, is a system of industrial mass incarceration. So there’s what you call bureaucratic thrust behind it. It’s hard to shut off because politicians rely upon the steady flow of jobs to their district that the prison system and its related industries promise.
Eugene Jarecki
In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
Nelson Mandela
I know she [Hillary Clinton] comes out of a legacy with her husband in which the Democratic Party did more, it seems to me, to subjugate blacks to the dynamics of oppression, poverty. The mass incarceration state.
Henry Giroux
Most criminologists today will acknowledge that crime rates and incarceration rates in the United States have had relatively little to do with each other.
Michelle Alexander
Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually.
George Soros
One of the things about incarceration is that you’re deprived. You lose all of your identity, and then its given back one day, and you’re ill-equipped to actually embrace it and work it.
Susan Burton
The legalization of drugs, a proliferation of a public health approach to drug use and drug addition, a compassionate mental health system. And can we just say gender equality and the end of mass incarceration and the final shedding of the vestiges of a slave-based nation? Can we have that, too? Can I have it all?
Ayelet Waldman
Mass incarceration is the most pressing racial justice issue of our time.
Michelle Alexander
What was most important, for me, is that I could share what I experience as a young person – in particular, what impact incarceration and policing had on my life and my family’s life.
Patrisse Cullors
Incarceration is as useful for addiction as it is for diabetes – i.e., not useful and potentially harmful, particularly for kids.
Maia Szalavitz
I want to look at the community I came from and what role incarceration has played there.
Roger Ross Williams
The criminalization of Black life was something specific to the United States in the post-Reconstruction period and there’s something like it happening today with mass incarceration, directed largely against black males.
Noam Chomsky
Over its 40 years, Muppets on ‘Sesame Street’ have addressed AIDS, divorce, a parent’s deployment overseas, and a death in the family. But the show is addressing incarceration in a way it didn’t used to: by bringing the show directly to the kids and families it wants to reach.
Elizabeth Flock
As a general rule, I don’t like to see laws that allow for the arrest and incarceration of people based on a sort of subjective standard.
Kat Timpf
We’re already going down that path with illegal drug use and incarceration. I can’t imagine it getting any worse.
Greg Gutfeld
Since the end of the 1970s, something has gone profoundly wrong in America. Inequality has soared. Educational progress slowed. Incarceration rates quintupled. Family breakdown accelerated. Median household income stagnated.
Nicholas Kristof
It appears that the murder rate inside prisons is ten times higher than that outside prisons. It must be due to all those Kalashnikov rifles that are issued to prisoners upon their incarceration.
Jeff Cooper
Think of the question of mass incarceration. Think of the coding that the Republican Party has used for years, whether they’re talking about Obama or blacks or Willie Horton.
Henry Giroux
Australia has a very big history of incarceration. What does that mean to us? What does it mean that we came over to a country that’s not necessarily ours and filled it with white prisoners?
Yael Stone
We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. ‘America, land of liberty and freedom?’ You know, that’s baloney. More than 2 million Americans are behind bars now. Communist China has four times the population and they have 1.5 million people behind bars.
Gary Johnson
The U.S. generally wants to solve problems with coercion. That’s kind of the default way the American state wants to try to solve problems. So there are many parallels between that: mass incarceration, mass surveillance, and militarism.
Trevor Paglen
The appalling rate of incarceration among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples demands we create justice targets under the Closing the Gap framework.
Bill Shorten
America should be leading the world in green and clean solutions, and human rights. We shouldn’t be leading the world in wars and incarceration rates and pollution. We can be a better country. I think we’re going to be a better country.
Van Jones
The sunlight ranges over the universe, and at incarnation we step out of it into the twilight of the body, and see but dimly during the period of our incarceration; at death we step out of the prison again into the sunlight, and are nearer to the reality.
Annie Besant
We can’t talk about mass incarceration at this point without talking about women.
dream hampton
When you have kids that have no jobs and are not in school, too often they get themselves into trouble. So what we have got to do is invest in education and in jobs, something which I have fought for, rather than more jails and incarceration.
Bernie Sanders
States began to realize how much money they were spending on incarceration and how much money they were spending fighting this ludicrous war on drugs that was actually counterproductive.
Ayelet Waldman
My incarceration was actually a positive thing from the beginning. I needed a gimmick to get my act going again, it gave me material.
Tommy Chong
Even though the Clintons started mass incarceration, which my brother is a victim of, things are going to change, though. Somebody made them do that.
Ty Dolla Sign
We have determined as a society, as a country, as a people, that the incarceration and the supervision and the specific fines for a particular crime are that person’s debt to society.
Loretta Lynch
We must build a movement for education, not incarceration. A movement for jobs, not jails. A movement that will end all forms of discrimination against people released from prison – discrimination that denies them basic human rights to work, shelter and food.
Michelle Alexander
We rarely know what motivates somebody in their work, and it’s usually a particular moment in their life. For me, that moment is my brother’s incarceration and the ways in which this country has decided to neglect, abuse, and sometimes torture people with severe mental illness, especially if they’re black.
Patrisse Cullors
As you may know, I’m the co-founder of a political organization called Real Justice. Our goal is to help elect progressive, reform-minded prosecutors and district attorneys that are committed to ending mass incarceration.
Shaun King
What I support is a whole different approach with regard to drug use, and that is spending less money on the prosecution and incarceration side and more money on prevention and education, which I know works.
Rob Portman
There is something deeply wrong with a political culture which only wants to talk about incarceration in the aftermath of a tragedy.
Ash Sarkar
Now that private prison companies have found that they can make a killing on mass incarceration, these private prison companies are now in the business of building detention centers for suspected illegal immigrants.
Michelle Alexander