The move to the cities from the countryside during the Industrial Revolution brought with it a change in the level and types of crimes being committed. This change in crime also brought with it significant changes in how crimes were policed and punished. Read through the resources below to learn more about crime and punishment during the Industrial Revolution.
Novels such as Oliver Twist have made Victorian child-thieves familiar to us, but to what extent did juvenile crime actually exist in the 19th century? Drawing on contemporary accounts and printed ephemera, Dr. Matthew White uncovers the facts behind the fiction.
Victorian citizens were worried about the rising crime rate. Liza Picard considers how this concern brought about changes in the way people were caught, arrested and imprisoned.
This worksheet provides a good basic summary of some of the most important information about crime and punishment during the Industrial Revolution, including key figures in reform, the main crimes, punishments and methods of law enforcement.
From gruesome, public executions to Georgian Britain’s adoration of the ‘heroic’ highwayman, Matthew White investigates attitudes to crime and punishment in Georgian Britain.