English Law

1. English law used transportation as a punishment. This was a newer form of banishment used by tribal societies. was this a useful form of punishment

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...attempt to sell him for indentured servitude. If the criminal was young, healthy, and saleable, he could be sold. However, those criminals that had been sentenced to transportation but whom nobody was willing to transport languished in jail. The transportation system was reduced when colonies disallowed transportation. Transportation was useful because it did not incur imprisonment cost to the government.

Transportation was revived in 1718 when the government started offering three sterling for every transportee. This system continued till the American Revolution stopped ...