Jones 17 to declare someone an outlaw was to

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modern states.” (Jones 17). To declare someone an outlaw was to basically call open season on them. The government is relinquishing all responsibility for catching the outlaw and putting it in the hands of the people. This system of justice, one where the community is unofficially tasked with apprehending
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the outlaws is not without its problems. The most pressing one is that there must be some incentive for the community to want to apprehend the outlaw. Of course, being outlawed carries the implication of not fitting in with the community, but this is not always the case. As we have seen some outlaws were necessarily villainous or unwanted elements of society. Some were men that simply fled their court dates, others political rebels, and some were even noble in purpose. This can cause some serious problems as Jones points out, “A society without a populace committed to pursuing and executing outlaws would not only fail to resolve many of its criminal cases, it would also encourage more men accused of crimes to defy the summons of the court. (Jones 45)” This would obviously be unacceptable, and means to motivate the public had to be devised. In order to do this a combination of laws were created as well as attempts to stir the communal interest towards the capture and prosecution of outlaws and criminals. Laws that put heavy repercussions upon the harboring of outlaws discouraged such behavior and further stigmatized the outlaw populace. Laws granting local authorities the right to conscript peasants also helped to bolster the ranks of those seeking outlaws, but they still needed to be motivated. (Jones 46) Appeals to the peasantry's sense of safety and justice were made, and fines were placed upon localities that could not produce outlaws who were committing crimes. Unfortunately for those in power though, Jones points out that,“... there is the possibility that the interests of the community might in fact be aligned with the outlaw rather than the legal authority.” In such cases the system of outlawry and communal law keeping completely fails and those interested in upholding the law are forced to rely upon other means to bring the outlaws to justice.
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Definitions of outlaw and how one became one- 2 pages Did outlawry change over time/how-2pages Who tried to reign them in- 2pages why were they so successful- 2pages
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