In accordance with the political impact of crime and punishment in the medieval era was the involvement of corruption within the process. Professor Garthine Walker wrote that it is certain that law was frequently called upon to enforce or affirm the authority of elite individuals and groups, due...
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...ey paid off their debt in labor. This includes one meal of gruel. Anything other than that also costs money, including blankets, better food, stay of execution, etc. As long as someone pays for the prisoners monthly expenses, they will be given the possibility to have these “luxuries.” These costs are added to the original debt and any other fines the magistrate has imposed. While in debtor’s prison, those that are able to can do certain tasks or even be “rented” to local nobility for a time, in order to work off their debts. The guards and the warden always take a cut of everything, so the cost of going to prison usually ends up double the original judgment against the prisoner. If a prisoner cannot pay their fees, they will end up executed or will meet an “accident” at the hands of another prisoner; which ironically so, would help pay off that prisoner’s own debts.
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