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The public Gaol (Jail) was used mainly to hold prisoners until trial. They very seldom used it as punishment. They considered it cruel and unusual punishment because the conditions of the jail were so poor. There were no problems cutting off ears, fingers or hanging them to death, but no extended jail time. In 1718 this jail held some of Blackbeard’s pirates for hanging. Blackbeard was shot and killed in battle. He was a pirate for only two years. Pirates, as a rule, did not live very long, 2 to 3 years.
Prisoner being taken to jail to be held for trial. Next.