"Villainy Detected!" Crime and Consequences in Britain and America in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Convict Life

9 Items.

  1. The schoolmaster's experience in Newgate [Parts 1-2]
    Wall describes the life of criminals, particularly thieves, drawing upon his experience at Newgate prison. He focuses on the character of criminals, both adult and juvenile, the sentences they've received, and their views of punishment. In Part 2, Wall discusses London's Old Bailey court and the areas in need of improvement. Specifically, he mentions the effect judicial influence has on sentences. He also focuses on hurried trials and the need for a court of appeals.
    Article. 1832
  2. The schoolmaster's experience in Newgate [Parts 3-5]
    A continuation of Wall's article about the lives of criminals from Newgate prison and the situation of the Old Bailey court. Part 3 focuses on the need for an appeals court. Part 4 details pardon powers. In the last section, Wall details different types of criminals, such as housebreaker, pickpockets, etc. and describes their traits.
    Article. 1832
  3. The Old Bailey experience
    Wall discusses the current situation of English penal law, and the necessary revisions that need to be made. He points out the flaws in the justice system by discussing the lack of distinct separation between felonies and misdemeanors, the lack of a Court of Appeals, the nature of trials at Old Bailey, and the disparity in punishments for similar crimes.
    Article. 1834
  4. The condemned cells: From the notebook of the ordinary of Newgate [Chapters I-III]
    Wall describes the experiences of the ordinary (minister) of Newgate prison with various types of criminals, particularly those on death row. Crimes such as forgery and robbery are detailed (throughout various the chapters) and prison life is also discussed.
    Article. 1840
  5. The condemned cells: From the notebook of the ordinary of Newgate [Chapters IV-VIII]
    Wall provides detail accounts of various crimes through the experiences of the ordinary (minister) of Newgate prison. Chapter IV deals with the crime of poisoning and the trial that followed for the particular case discussed. Chapter V recounts the story of a criminal found guilty of arson. Chapter VI describes an account of brothers accused of robbery; Chapter VII deals with the racial prejudices found in the prison. Lastly, Chapter VIII recounts the story of a swindler (these chapters are in continuation from Volume 22).
    Article. 1841
  6. The condemned cells: From the notebook of the ordinary of Newgate [Chapters IX-X]
    Wall continues to describe various accounts of crime and the perpetrators. Chapter IX describes the crime of burglary and murder; Chapter X deals with the crime of receiving stolen goods, and discusses their guilt as well as punishments that fit this crime (these chapters are in continuation from Volumes 22 and 23).
    Article. 1841
  7. On the treatment of female convicts
    This article examines different aspects of female criminals. Carpenter discusses the characteristics of female convicts, such as the effect that they have on children they raise, their effect on society. Treatment of female convicts in prison, and what becomes of them afterwards. Statistics of female crime are also provided.
    Fraser's Magazine 67. Jan-June (1863): 31-46.; Article. 1863
  8. [External Resource] The Twin Hells: A Thrilling Narrative of Life in the Kansas and Missouri Penitentiaries
    In this work, John Reynolds writes a first hand account of his experiences in the Kansas Penitentiaries. Convicted of mail fraud, Reynolds was sentenced to serve eighteen months in the Kansas penitentiary. He later interviewed and spoke to different convicts as part of his larger examination of the Missouri Penitentiary system
    Book. 1890
  9. Twenty-Two Years in State Prisons.
    This autobiographical story is about the author's struggle between succumbing to good or evil and is split up into two parts: the dark side of his life and the light side of his life. Carr shares about his rough childhood and the things that led up to his life of crime and frequent jail visits. The transition in the story comes when Carr meets a Christian and decides to end his struggles by also becoming a Christian.
    Pamphlet. 1893
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