The perspective towards crime and punishments has changed over time. Methods of punishments that were legal in the past are now illegal and unacceptable due to the crowd getting too exited and the people on death row getting humiliated in public. I will be writing about the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Tudors, Victorians and world war 2.
In this time of premature law criminals were killed for theft and murder a small time after that you would still get killed for murder but you would have gotten a fine for theft. Theft and murder were the most common crime due to poverty and possibly REVENGE. For some reason people were caught by the locals that is why I said premature law.
In the Tudor times most of the crimes were dealt with by execution such as beheading. The most common crime was theft because of poverty ( which means you are poor ) and the penalty for this was flogging AKA being whipped.
The most serious crimes would have been death by hanging usually in public until this method got less pleasing over time. The most common crime was theft and the punishment was usually transportation. Some people would teach an army of children to pickpocket so they can survive.
World War 2
World War 2, a time of hatred, death, more death and war were traumatic years that made the whole world to dislike each country some even made nukes for example the tsar bomba, the colossal and most chunky nuclear bomb ever made. If you were caught selling on the black market it could have led to a fine although you could have been sent to prison. The number of murderers increased dramatically and those who were found guilty got sentenced to death ,which is quite sad and very very traumatic.
You have begun to describe crime and punishment in different eras. Which time do you think was most fair and why?