The Treatment of Women in Prison in the 19th Century

Woking Convict Invalid Prison: a woman prisoner in solitary confinement / Wellcome Collection, Creative Commons Prison officers tried to regulate women’s minds and bodies, and maintain a new disciplinary routine in the second half of the 1800s. Many female inmates resisted.      By (left-to-right) Dr. Rachel Bennett, Dr. Catherine Cox, and Dr. Hilary Marland /[…]

Thomas Scattergood: Forensic Toxicology in Victorian Yorkshire

Saltaire Victorian village – Bradford, Yorkshire, England. UNESCO World Heritage Site As a regional forensic expert, Thomas Scattergood takes his place in the historiography of crime and forensic practice in England. By Dr. Cassie Watson and Dr. Laura Sellers / 12.19.2017 Introduction Dr Thomas Scattergood, First Dean of Medicine at Yorkshire College (1884–1900) Thomas Scattergood,[…]

From Game of Thrones to Steven Pinker: Just how Lawless Were the Middle Ages?

Castillo de Zafra / Photo by Borjaanimal, Wikimedia Commons Medieval men and women were caught up in a Hobbesian pre-state society where violence was unrestrained and regularly went unpunished. Just how accurate is this perception? By Dr. Sara M. Butler / 08.15.2017 Professor and King George III Chair in British History The Ohio State University NOTE: This[…]

A Barbaric Form of Fixed Medieval Justice

Ordeal of boiling water from a Sachsenspiegel manuscript (1350 – 1375). Photo courtesy the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany In difficult criminal cases, when ‘ordinary’ evidence was lacking, their legal systems asked God to painfully inform them about defendants’ criminal status. By Dr. Peter T. Leeson / 10.19.2017 Duncan Black Professor of Economics and Law[…]

Punishing Criminals in the Middle Ages

In the Medieval ages there was an incredible amount of criminals, mostly because of impunity which gave them freedom to commit crimes. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 09.28.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Reasons for Committing Crimes In the Medieval ages there was an incredible amount of criminals, mostly because of impunity which gave them freedom[…]

From Blue Lobsters to Friendly Giants: Visual Representations of the Police, 1840–1880

Gloucestershire Constabulary at Northleach 1850s Pictures of Victorian policemen contain varied, conflicting and interacting strands of meaning. By Jane M. Card / 08.27.2018 Historian Introduction Images from the past are never to be taken at face value since, made according to contemporary visual conventions and artistic tastes, they reflect not objective reality but contemporary opinions[…]

A Sociological Understanding of Deviance, Social Control, and Crime

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.15.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Deviance 1.1 – Introduction Merton’s Social Strain Theory: This diagram depicts Robert K. Merton’s Social Strain Theory. Deviance, in a sociological context, describes actions or behaviors that violate informal social norms or formally-enacted rules. Among those who study social norms and their relation[…]

Former ‘Law & Order’ Director Gets 10 Years Probation For Child Pornography Charges

Jace Alexander attends the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Inaugural New York Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Club at Briarcliff Manor in Westchester, NY, on October 7, 2013. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA) From Julia Brucculieri at Huffington Post / 06.29.2016: Jason “Jace” Alexander, a television director who worked on “Law & Order,” has been sentenced[…]

Corroding Civil Liberties, Supreme Court Codifies Unlawful Police Stops

The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that evidence collected during an illegal stop can be used in court if the search was conducted after the discovery of an arrest warrant. (Photo: Mark Fischer/flickr/cc) “This case tells everyone…that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in[…]

Last Chance Incorporated

Through industry and ruination, a human body and a landscape compose a life tenuously holding together. Occulted ways of mattering in a late industrial landscape. By Dr. Jason A. Pine Professor of Anthropology Purchase College Cultural Anthropology 31:2 (May 2016) All photos by Jason Pine The Monarch trailer lies in the dirt off the side[…]