Imperial Crime and Punishment
Imperial Crime and Punishment — Civilized society has decided that for all but the most heinous of crimes a death penalty is not necessary. All criminals have a degree of redemption and re-education to be brought back into society. As such, most crimes are punishable by indetured servitude. Every 7 days, criminals that cannot afford their fines (or require stricter punishments) are put up for auction. Each winning bidder understands that they are responsible for the well being of their charges and after the end of the criminals’ service they are to be returned to the jail to process their release. Also, methods are put in place so that a criminal is not put into a situation where they will commit a crime again.
It needs to be noted that most offenders are either ‘bought’ outright before getting to the auction blocks. Most organized religions seeking to reform criminals often purchase likely candidates to incorporate into their cloisters or orders. Others, the judges deem too violent or untrustworthy to serve as a servant and are sentenced to forced labor.
The only different to these laws are for those Elves that originate or reside on the Isle of Tiernan. At the age of ‘14’ all Elves are indentured into the Imperial society to serve out a sentence because of their ancestors’ participation in the rebellions. There is great animosity towards the Imperial government for retaining such an outdated set of laws and there are those that actively seek to have the laws abolished (both peacefully or otherwise).