Criminal Justice Quotes

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“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”
Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws

Helen Prejean
“[T]here are some human rights that are so deep that we can't negotiate them away. I mean people do heinous, terrible things. But there are basic human rights I believe that every human being has. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United Nations says it for me. And it says there are two basic rights that can't be negotiated that government doesn't give for good behavior and doesn't take away for bad behavior. And it's the right not to be tortured and not to be killed. Because the flip side of this is that then when you say OK we're gonna turn over -- they truly have done heinous things, so now we will turn over to the government now the right to take their life. It involves other people in doing essentially the same kind of act."

(PBS Frontline: Angel on Death Row)”
Sister Helen Prejean

Mark Gevisser
“There is one key area in which Zuma has made no attempt at reconciliation whatsoever: criminal justice and security. The ministers of justice, defence, intelligence (now called 'state security' in a throwback to both apartheid and the ANC's old Stalinist past), police and communications are all die-hard Zuma loyalists. Whatever their line functions, they will also play the role they have played so ably to date: keeping Zuma out of court—and making sure the state serves Zuma as it once did Mbeki.”
Mark Gevisser

“Endangering human life for profit should be a universal crime.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Criminal justice" is what happens after a complicated series of events has gone bad. It is the end result of failure--the failure of a group of people that sometimes includes, but is never limited to, the accused person.”
Paul Delano Butler, Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

“Make a commitment to serve the needs of the ‘least of these’ and give voice to the voiceless.”
Artika Tyner

Ibi Zoboi
“Blind Justice II

All because

we were in the wrong place
we were in the wrong skins
we were in the wrong time
we were in the wrong bodies
we were in the wrong country
we were in the wrong
were in the wrong
in the wrong
the wrong

All because

they were in the right place
they were in the right skins
they were in the right time
they were in the right bodies
they were”
Ibi Zoboi, Punching the Air

“There is no greater threat to a free and democratic nation than a government that fails to protect its citizen’s freedom and liberty as aggressively as it pursues justice.”
Bernard B. Kerik, From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054

“American citizens should not lose their constitutional rights because they lack the money to pay for them.”
Bernard B. Kerik, From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054

“No one should ever be wrongfully deprived of their rights to liberty and freedom without just cause, yet in the past 25 years alone thousands of people have been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to tens of thousands of years in prison.”
Bernard B. Kerik, From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054

“Providing adequate representation even for defendants who appear guilty is the best way to protect those who are not.”
Deborah L Rhode

Tom Wolfe
“Seven thousand of them were indicted and arraigned, and then they entered the maw of the criminal justice system—right here—through the gateway into Gibraltar, where the vans were lined up. That was about 150 new cases, 150 more pumping hearts and morose glares, every week that the courts and the Bronx County District Attorney's Office were open. And to what end? The same stupid, dismal, pathetic, horrifying crimes were committed day in and day out, all the same. What was accomplished by assistant D.A.'s, by any of them, through all this relentless stirring of the muck? The Bronx crumbled and decayed a little more, and a little more blood dried in the cracks. The Doubts! One thing was accomplished for sure. The system was fed, and those vans brought in the chow.”
Tom Wolfe

Nils Christie
“The offender must be able to give something back. But criminals are most often poor people. They have nothing to give. The answers to this are many. It is correct that our prisons are by and large filled with poor people. We let the poor pay with the only commodity that is close to being equally distributed in society: time.”
Nils Christie, Limits to Pain: The Role of Punishment in Penal Policy

“In a free and democratic society such as ours, justice should not eternally abrogate one’s rights to freedom and liberty, except in the most extreme cases.”
Bernard B. Kerik, From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054

“Death Penalty' in rarest of rare cases, should adorn criminal justice system in India,which would operate as a detterent mechanism. Abrogation of capital punishment and it's obliteration from the law, would be a great folly. In the human rights perspective, concretising the human rights of the criminal(perpetrator of a particular offense attracting Capital punishment ) by negating Human Rights of the victim is again a murder of justice.”
Henrietta Newton Martin

Thomm Quackenbush
“Isn’t Santa just a stand in for the society that has locked them up for formative years? Something that watches and judges, telling them that they got what they deserved based on their behavior? Surely they have to have noticed that Saint Nick, like the judicial system itself, tends to look more favorably upon rich children. He is fat, white, past middle age, and holds all the cards.”
Thomm Quackenbush, A Creature Was Stirring

“It is quick to over punish and uninterested in rewarding good behavior. What would we say about an individual who had these characteristics? Mean? Cruel? Heartless? Mindless? Hypocritical? Stupid?”
Bernard B. Kerik, From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054

Mary Mapes Dodge
“So he is my brother, and yours, too, Carl Schummel, for that matter," answered Peter, looking into Carl's eye. "We cannot say what we might have become under other circumstances. We have been bolstered up from evil since the hour we were born. A happy home and good parents might have made that man a fine fellow instead of what he is. God grant that the law may cure and not crush him!”
Mary Mapes Dodge, Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates

Ibi Zoboi

It's like I'm meat or wheat
Made into a burger or deli slices
Made into pasta or bread
Not the boy I was before the machine
Before the braking down and pulling apart
Before the adding and taking away

I was made for easy, fast consumption
Like food chains in the hood
Umi said don't go there
That you are what you eat

Those jails that system
has swallowed me whole”
Ibi Zoboi, Punching the Air

Ibi Zoboi
“The story that I thought
was this life
didn't start on the day
I went to that park

The story that I think
will be my life
starts today

Anything that happened
before today
is only the prequel
the backstory

the story behind the story

Nothing before today matters”
Ibi Zoboi, Punching the Air

Ibi Zoboi
“Saying down with the blacks but uplift the white race
Raising the banner to the sun in haste
Mobbed deep, hoods and capes
Sun-dried and bloodstained
Saying down with the blacks but uplift the white race

Unjustly tried an indelible conviction
the usual result of five shades of darker skin
Justice unjust, black robes and pale face

Didn't have a chance, they called us apes
I wish I would have known the false smiles
Evil intentions fulfilling their taste
Why me? Why us?
Justice unjust, black robes and pale faces?”
Ibi Zoboi, Punching the Air

Abhijit Naskar
“Try a crime you end a criminal, treat an environment you end crime.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sleepless for Society

Ibi Zoboi
“God, the Artist

Allah is the only artist here
And He prefers the darkest night to be his canvas

He paints the past in broad strokes, bright hues
And the memories dance all over my mind
in living color

He paints in words and voices, rhymes and rhythm
And every whisper, every conversation beats a drum
in my mind
at full blast

He paints in wrong choices, regrets, and broken dreams
And every acquaintance, friend, and enemy laughs at me
in my mind
really, really loud”
Ibi Zoboi, Punching the Air

Ibi Zoboi
“They call it free time
and it's the biggest lie
because we are
still here”
Ibi Zoboi, Punching the Air

“Once people understood that wrongful convictions were occurring regularly in homicide and rape cases, a widespread consensus developed that innocent people should not be convicted of serious crimes. Dozens of innocence projects sprang up around the country, while some prosecutors’ offices established conviction integrity units to identify and prevent wrongful convictions. But that consensus does not yet extend to petty offenses. Many individual judges and lawyers already realize that innocent people are routinely pleading guilty to petty crimes, but the system nevertheless proceeds apace. Innocence projects almost never take misdemeanor cases, and there are scarcely any exonerations. All this even though the risks to accuracy are obvious and extreme. We know that innocent people are being convicted. It is an essential and defining aspect of misdemeanor culture that almost no one cares.”
Alexandra Natapoff, Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal

Maya Schenwar
“The same factors that propelled mass incarceration - racism, "law and order" politics, the war on drugs, the destruction of the social safety net - also propelled mass supervision.”
Maya Schenwar, Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms

Maya Schenwar
“Many types of treatment claim to be about fixing the so-called problems of madness. The real problem is that certain ways of experiencing the world are seen as categorical threats— to normativity, to capitalism, to hierarchy, to the system itself. And our society's answer to a perceived threat is, of course, confinement.”
Maya Schenwar, Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“One of the main uses of most criminal justice systems is to minimize the number of people who are not white, by imprisoning innocent males who are neither white nor gay.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

J.S. Mason
“Don’t judge a book by its cover because the criminal justice system is already overcrowded as it is.”
J.S. Mason, A Dragon, A Pig, and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar...and other Rambunctious Bites

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