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Jane Angus - Victorian young offender

Jane Angus, aged just 12, tells us how she was caught stealing a basket from a passenger at Greenock railway station. Jane was sentenced to 10 days in prison and then sent to a reformatory school for 5 years. These strict residential schools were meant to teach young criminals a trade and stop them re-offending. After spending 5 years at the reformatory, Jane got a job as a French polisher, but then she contracted tuberculosis - known in Victorian times as "consumption". Jane died in 1879 aged just 17. Using trial testimony, census records and dramatic reconstruction to recreate the moment when Jane's life changed forever, we learn about the strict Victorian justice system that decided her fate.

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