Glossary

Acquit: Find not guilty.

Counterfeiting: Forgery, often of money.

Felony: a serious offence. Punishable by the death penalty.

Habitual Criminal: Defined by the 1869 Habitual Criminals Act as “suspicious persons” who had previously been convicted of more than one offence.

House of Correction: A prison where offenders accused of minor offences were put to hard labour.

Hulk: decommissioned war ship used to hold convicts prior to transportation.

Indictable offence: must be tried by a jury.

Indictment: Formal accusation charging someone with a crime. Takes the form of a written document containing brief details of the accusation.

Larceny: theft of personal property. Replaced as a statutory crime by theft in 1968.

Misdemeanour: A minor crime, which, unlike felonies, was not punishable by death.

Penal servitude: a long period of imprisonment

Penitentiary: Type of prison authorised by the 1779 Penitentiary Act, with strict discipline and hard labour, designed to reform as well as punish convicts.

Quarter Sessions: Courts held four times per year, presided over by Justices of the Peace where misdemeanors were tried.

Sessions Papers: Manuscript documents taken concerning accused criminals, which were kept by the courts and are now preserved in record offices.

Summary Jurisdiction: The power possessed by Justices of the Peace to try some types of crime acting alone, or in pairs, outside court, and to sentence those convicted to punishments.

Summary offence: tried by a magistrate only.

(The) Watch/Night Watch: Men who patrolled the streets at night to prevent crime.

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The @howard_journal is 100 this year!

Articles from an international line-up of academics and practitioners will appear in a centenary issue, to be published next month.

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Very excited by our panel starting shortly on 'Family Limitation' for @Preg_Research: Fionnuala Walsh (@ucddublin) on unwanted pregnancies in early 20th C Ireland; @DelayCara on Irish criminal abortion 1900-50, and myself on infanticide in England & Wales during the Great War 🤩

The book chapter “The patient's view as history from below: evidence from the Victorian poor, 1834-71”, by Paul Carter and Steve King, is the latest published output from our @ahrcpress- funded @TheirWrite project. https://bit.ly/3C9axPK

As new drama #thenorthwater arrives on BBC Two, set against the brutal backdrop of a 19th-century whaling vessel, @kejamieson_ explains more about the whaling industry and the risks that hunting these ocean behemoths posed to sailors’ lives… https://bit.ly/2XhDCth

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Finally, our cover story" Jordanna Bailkin from @UW, on History in Practice; "reflects on the experience of writing a book about the history of #refugee camps in Britain during the global refugee crisis." https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14490854.2021.1956341

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