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Philosophies of Imprisonment in Late Antiquity

  title={Philosophies of Imprisonment in Late Antiquity},
  author={Mary Olson},
  journal={Constructing the Past},
  • M. Olson
  • Published 2008
  • History, Law
  • Constructing the Past
One of the few things that prisons were not used for, in a legal sense, was punishment. However, a multitude of laws outlined the necessity of a quick trial and short jail time. Imprisonment was seen as an inconvenience to all parties involved, and a constant flow, rather than maintaining the status quo, was the way prisons were supposed to work. There existed no sense of the prison as a final destination for the guilty, “no one [was] to be condemned to permanent imprisonment.” Manifesting a… 
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