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Criminal Justice 1788-1851

Across our period (1788-1851 approaches to crime, and the systems fro catching, prosecuting and punishing criminals in Britain, underwent changes. These changes were rooted in wider societal transformation as Britain moved from a primarily rural society to become the world's first urbanized, industrialised nation.

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'The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn'
In the 18th century, the authorities and propertied classes felt they were in the midst of a crime wave. They applied the death sentence to a wider and wider range of crimes – this was known as the 'bloody code'. 'The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn' by William Hogarth (1747). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.