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IN History & Culture ON 26 Jun, 2015
The Victorian Era had a lot of weird trends going on and even encouraged. One of them was punishing even 11-year-old children with serious adult sentences for petty crimes. Without the label of 'PHOTOGRAPH OF PRISONER', these photos look more like a collection of portraits for school yearbook photos.
Here is the collection of ten such children's mugshots taken in Newcastle, England between December 1871 to December 1873. These criminals spent their sentences in the Newcastle city jail. Most of their crimes included stealing clothes, waistcoats, beef and other things that are considered a petty theft. These children mugshots clearly depict the grunge, poverty and lack of opportunity and jobs of the Victorian Era. More of similar photos can be seen here.
This 12 year old boy was sentenced to 2 months in prison for committing the crime of breaking into people's houses. The incident happened in 1873.
On her first conviction, she had to do two months of hard labor as her punishment.
She along with her two accomplices were sentenced to seven days of hard labor after being caught stealing iron.
Born in West Hartlepool, Fisher was sentenced to two months in prison for being convicted for breaking into houses.
Sentenced to two weeks of hard labor at Newcastle City Gaol. After he completed his sentence, he was sent to Market Weighton Reformatory School for three years.
This 14 year old boy was convicted of stealing clothes and was sentenced 14 days of hard labor as a punishment.
He was punished to serve 14 days with hard labor, but was spared when his parents paid fine and the required cost.
This 16 year-old guy had been in and out of prison many a times. On this occasion, he was convicted of stealing shirts and was sentenced for two months.