3 JAIL ANECDOTES (Post No. 2370)


Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 7 December 2015

Post No. 2370


Time uploaded in London :– 16-52

( Thanks for the Pictures  ) 





In the first days of the governorship of the State of New York, Al Smith spoke to the assembled inmates of Sing Sing Prison. Not until he had already risen to his feet did he realize that he did not know how to address the particular audience.


“My fellow citizens”, he said, almost without thinking, but then stopped, remembering that the citizenship of those there imprisoned was forfeited.


Embarrassed he said, “My fellow convicts”, and that too did not seem to be the most just. Giving the thing as hopeless he launched once and for all into the sentence, “Well in any case, I am glad to see so many of you here.”

Vector illustration of a man lock up in prison

Stupid English law

In an English act of parliament there was a law passed for rebuilding Chelmsford jail. By one part of the law the new jail was to be built from the material of the old one; by another part of the law, the prisoners were to be kept in the old jail until the new jail was finished.


John Bunyan in Jail

John Bunyan, while in Bedford jail, was called upon by a Quaker desirous of making a convert of him.


“Friend John”, said he, “I come to thee with a message from the Lord; and after having searched for thee in all the prisons in England, I am glad I have found thee at last.”


“If the Lord has sent you”, answered Bunyan, “you need not have had so much pains to find me out, for the Lord knows that I have been here for twelve years.”

john bunyan

Pilgrim’s Progress of John Bunyan





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