There has always been a lot of controversy over which punishments are appropriate for different crimes.

But, after taking a look at this infographic, I think we can all agree that the most modern penal systems have come a long way from the torture that was common in the past. Still, even today there are some unbelievably harsh punishments under different countries’ laws.

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Crimes and punishments through time

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