Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

25/2/2011

Five years in jail for stealing a rasher of bacon: Victorian criminal records show harsh punishments handed out to female convicts

Thousands of criminal records detailing the harsh punishments handed our to female convicts in Victorian times will be published online for the first time today.

Family history website, Ancestry.co.uk is publishing more than 4,400 criminal records and 500 mugshots in its collection, which included one woman who received a five year sentence for stealing an umbrella.

They provide an astonishing insight into the way justice was done at the time, and indicted that gender and the offence committed was no barrier to the full force of the law. for more click here

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