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Prisoners and Prison sentences – what justice or injustice?

I just noted a sample of prison records recently from the 1800′s.  Times were tough then when you see 2 cases of people being sent to prison “on suspicion of stealing ….”  Yes there is 1 for murder but the one that really struck me as being almost funny was the one where a man was sent to prison for “furious driving“.  Now there were no cars “invented” in 1853. So I assume he was driving a horse and cart or similar.
Some samples:
YEAR   Offence and age of prisoner
1853 – stealing a shirt, prisoner aged 23
1853 – stealing mohair, prisoner aged 30
1853 – furious driving, prisoner aged 34
1853 – burglary and robbery, prisoner aged 45
1854 – murder, prisoner aged 25
1854 – drunk and disorderly, prisoner aged 40
1854 – suspicion of stealing shirts, prisoner aged 24
1855 – stealing coats and other article, prisoner aged 29
1856 – stealing bread in Bantry Workhouse, prisoner aged 16
1856 – suspicion of stealing a plough, prisoner aged 50
1859 – vagrant, prisoner aged 42
1863 – sheep stealing, prisoner aged 49
1870 – assault, prisoner aged 40
1888 – drunk, prisoner aged 62

……………………………. and we think of ‘White Collar’ crime today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!