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Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) British-born american Author.

All criminals turn preachers under the gallows.


No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.


If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Crime generally punishes itself.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer, poet, and physician.

In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.