Crime And Punishment In America: 001 by Richard Clay Hanes, Sharon M. Hanes, Sarah Hermsen

By Richard Clay Hanes, Sharon M. Hanes, Sarah Hermsen

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Following the war, independence from England allowed a distinctly new American legal system shaped by the experiences of the early colonists. European settlement of North America In 1492 the explorer Christopher Columbus (1451–1506) arrived from Spain to what Europeans referred to as the New World. Some seventy years of exploration of the North American continent by various European adventurers followed before settlements began. Explorers discovered the New World 1 Pilgrims signing the Mayflower Compact, an agreement to provide just and equal laws in their settlement.

Le Projet Albion. fr (accessed on August 20, 2004). ” America’s Homepage. The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. net/plimothplantation/ vtour/ (accessed on August 20, 2004). 20 Crime and Punishment in America: Almanac 2 The Early Years of American Law F rom the time of the American Revolution (1775–83) until the early part of the twentieth century, pieces of the American criminal justice system gradually came together to include courts, professional policing, and prisons at the federal and state levels.

Executions were far less common in the colonies than in England. An exception was execution for the crime of adultery in 16 Crime and Punishment in America: Almanac Pillory, shown here circa 1657, was one of several forms of humiliating punishment that was carried out throughout early colonial times. (© Bettmann/Corbis) Massachusetts that lasted until the mid-1600s. Murder and rape (forcing someone to have sexual relations) were the main capital offenses as well as repeat offenders in other serious crimes.

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