What Were Women's Prisons Like Before The 1800s

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Development of Corrections Shawn Wood 12March2014 CJS/230 What were women’s prisons like before the 1800s? How have they changed? Prior to the 1800s women would confined together with men. They were often left with no food, clothing or a place to sleep. The only way that many women could survive was to resort to prostitution with other inmates or prison guards or officials. This was proven to be mistake after prisons became overpopulated and corrupt. Toward the late 1700s most of the crimes that where committed by women where often punished by public humiliation. More serious crimes where still where enforced by corporal punishment. If you fast forward to today women are treated better while in the system but their crimes are

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