From stocks to ducking stools: a british history of crime and punishment the punishments meted out in historic britain made breaking the law a risky proposition.
Throughout history, people have committed crimes against each one another in ancient times, the common response was one of revenge the victim or the victim’s family would exact what they felt to be an appropriate response to the crime committed against them.
Crime and punishment this gallery considers whether the middle ages were lawless and violent, using documents from the national archives crime and punishment this gallery considers whether the middle ages were lawless and violent, using documents from the national archives. Punishment is imposed for various reasons, such as: to avenge the wrong doing against the offender, to instil fear in penalty if an offense is committed, to incapacitate the offender by keeping him detained so that he will not do any more crimes and, lastly, to reform the offender by individualizing his penalty which will, hopefully, lead to rehabilitation.
Throughout the history of criminal justice, evolving forms of punishment, added rights for offenders and victims, and policing reforms have reflected changing customs, political ideals, and economic conditions.
Research in the history of crime and punishment requires the use of a variety of sources very often, it is necessary to consult sources beyond traditional cases and statutes for this purpose, there are many finding aids, which can be used to locate pertinent primary materials.