Crime Rates in Early Modern London

I wonder if the rate of crime for wealthy people was higher [in the early modern period]? Since they were able to live luxurious lives while in prison by buying whatever they need, I feel like wealthy people would be less scared of the law since there was not a high rate of punishment. Yes, they had to face the embarrassment of being in prison, but they were still able to enjoy parts of their lives by leaving, drinking and eating well. Did people often defy death just like Bernardine did? That is not an issue we face today since the execution does not exist, but did many people get out of the death sentence or try to delay it. Did they succeed, or is Bernardine one of the few who tried to test God’s mercy?


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