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Why didn't the Romans conquer crime?

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? Intro: What type of crimes did they have? Romans had many types of crimes. Here are some examples: >theft >murder >fraud (selling underweight goods e.g. bread) >keeping streets clean. Some of these are similar to today's crimes and some are different. There is still theft, murder, and fraud today. Keeping streets clean isn't a crime today but it can't be too dirty otherwise its unhygienic. How did the Romans try to stop crime? The Romans had detailed laws covering all aspects of life. For example, the crimes were outlined clearly, >Murder >Theft. >Dangerous buildings. >Cheating in trade. >Keeping streets clean. Over time the laws got more and more detailed. The Twelve Tables and The Digest of the Roman Laws were introduced. They also had different courts for minor and major crimes. ...read more.


They didn't have prisons, as there was no police force. Who caught the criminals? The victims and their families had to catch the criminals and find evidence on them. For example, if a theft was committed the victim had to gather evidence and summon the defendant to court. There were 2 types of cases minors and majors. These were held in different courts, magistrates court and jury trials. The minor cases, such as theft, the victim had to gather their own evidence and take the culprit to the Magistrates courts, but for major crimes, such as murder, the defendant had to be heard before a jury. It was hard for the poor as it isn't easy to catch a criminal as an individual. Also not many people would believe them, as they didn't have much money. People may have thought the poor wanted compensation money. ...read more.


In Britain the evidence was taken to the local centurion to try the case. We also know that the crimes in Rome and in Britain were similar, such as theft, murder, mugging, and etc. The laws, courts and punishments were all the same in Britain and Rome. Conclusion: Why didn't the Romans conquer crime? The Romans didn't conquer crime for many good reasons. The harsh punishments were enough for some people; the detailed laws, the courts and the juries were part of the reason for not conquering crime. The other part was because the Romans didn't have a police force as they thought it wasn't their responsibility to prevent crime. It was also too difficult to catch the criminals and prosecute them, as it was hard to get enough evidence. I think the main reason the Romans didn't conquer crime was because of the harsh punishments. By Shikha Dave ...read more.

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