There's no criminal more pitiable than a criminal who has been arrested and imprisoned before they're old enough to vote, because when we look at thier mugshot we can see their innocence slippiing away before our eyes.
Rosanna Watson: 13. Rosanna was sentenced to 7 days hard labour after being caught stealing iron.
Before the Victorian era the law didn't care how old you were- kids went to adult prisons and there are records of kids as young as 12 being hung for their crimes.
Henry Leonard Stephenson. 12. Henry was convicted of breaking in to houses and was sentenced to 2 months in prison in 1873.
But by the mid-19th century Reformers had helped change the laws, and starting in 1854 child criminals were being sent to Reformatory Schools instead of adult prisons, although they often spent a few days in adult prison first.
Stephen Monaghan: 14. Stephen Monaghan was convicted of stealing money on 25 July 1873 and was sentenced to 10 days hard labour and 3 years in Market Weighton Reformatory.