Monday, 28 September 2009

Doing Porridge

Well one of the interesting points raised in the lectures I was listening to was about the Babylonian Law codes and how draconian they seem to modern man. But the point was that early civilisations did not have a penal system (and hey we were shipping our criminals to the ends of the earth only 200 years ago) so punishment was either 'it' - a death penalty and usually rather a nasty one or at least a major deterrent - any eye for an eye sort of stuff. So I shall spend a few days pondering 'crime and punishment' through the ages.

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