Capital Punishments: Crime and Prison Conditions in Victorian Times

The Victorian world is one of richness and poverty and one I shall explore at a later date.

However I have just been given this book: Capital Punishments: Crime and Prison Conditions in Victorian Times by Steve Jones

This book is a good read and really takes a while for the hardship of the age to become apparent, take this case as an example:

Celery? the menu!

Prisoner 4415, that is the child on the front of the book is 11 year old James Leadbeater. All of 4 foot 2 inches was whipped and made to serve 4 days hard labour with hardened adult criminals.

His crime?

Stealing celery!!

I cannot believe that some of the things detailed in this book actually happened in Victorian times but they did and it is fascinating yet terribly sad reading.

Strangely though whilst is called Capital Punishment there’s not really much about capital punishment in the book itself…

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Wicked Publications; 5th edition edition (1 Sep 1992)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 187000003X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870000031
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 20.6 x 1 cm

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