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Prison and Penal Reform in the 1800s

Crimes punishable by hanging in the 1800s

In the 1800s you could be hanged for:

murder
arson
forgery
cutting down trees
stealing horses or sheep
destroying turnpike roads
stealing from a rabbit warren
pickpocketing goods worth a shilling
being out at night with a blackened face
being an unmarried mother concealing a stillborn child

Here is an account of a prison of the time. Newgate Prison was known as Hell Above Ground







 
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