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The bloody code

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"Why did the Bloody Code last so long? By Justine Nathan "People who committed crimes were sinful, lazy or greedy and deserved no mercy" - Lord Chief Justice Edward Law (1802 - 1818) Criminal justice in the 18C was about accomplishing a sense of balance and order. Criminal justice reflected the social changes that were taking place in a period that was undergoing urbanisation and industrialisation. There was a great desire for continuity in the legal process dealing with criminal activity. There were no other types of punishments available at that time and during the early parts of the Bloody code transportation and imprisonment was not an alternative. ...read more.


and large crowds. The death penalty clearly controlled the criminal and acted as a deterrent. However, it was obviously by nature steadfast and did not allow for reform of the offender or perfecting of mistakes that had been made. There was a lack of humanitarianism and a lack of civilisation in this era. It was seen as the crime merited punishment and terrible crime merited terrible punishment. Since the rich made the laws they made laws that protected their interests. Any act which threatened their wealth, property or sense of law and order was criminalised. ...read more.


There was a larger population then at this time so therefore there were more crimes committed as the men had to steal or commit crime in order to survive. Policing couldn't be relied upon so hanging was the "best" alternative. Finally in 1810 Sir Samuel Romilly spoke to the House of Commons on capital punishment and began the process of ending the Bloody Code. As time passed by capital punishment became less important. Transportation and imprisonment became viable alternatives to the death sentence and the gradual abandonment of old school beliefs. Reform became a more of a priority with the option of imprisonment as a form of punishment. ...read more.

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