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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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Prison and Punishment

Prison and Punishment

(p.26) Three Prison and Punishment
The Liverpool Underworld
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the history of the punishment of criminals in Liverpool during the nineteenth century. It explains that early prisons were not aimed at reforming or even punishing criminals and they only served as holding bays used to detain debtors until they could pay their debts, suspects awaiting trial, and convicted criminals awaiting execution, transportation or flogging. This chapter also discusses two innovations introduced in the 1850s to help bring order to Great Britain's gaols, and the provisions of the Garrotter's Act.

Keywords:   prison, punishment, transportation, flogging, Great Britain, gaols, Garrotter's Act, holding bay, debtors, suspects, convicts

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