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for Popular Government Vol. 1 Issue 1, Jan 1931
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Punishments administered, and those administering punishment, for a number of crimes during the State's colonial history changed greatly by the early 20th-century. A general trend emerges from corporal punishment, locking prisoners in stocks and beating/maiming them depending on the crime, to more civil sentences, varying lengths of imprisonment. Another shift occurs in the governing body doling out punishment from the crown in England to a judicial system within the state.
Government organizations are inextricably linked with the judicial system and law enforcement. Expanding government roles after the revolution created an interconnected group of systems on the local, county, and state-wide level that affects the law and how it is carried out. Such changes were born out of necessity to manage the State''s increasing population.
Outlined are the members of the judicial organization from the judges themselves to the police enforcing approved punishments. The study attempts to retrace the history of the State''s judicial system to improve current practices and understand the shift in public perception of the court system. Primary data is included regarding types of crime and the appropriate repercussion.