Crime is generally defined as "deviant behavior contrary to the accepted codes of society." Society will not survive if most of its people break most of its laws most of the time, so man has instituted punishment for serious crimes in an attempt to stop criminal behavior. Nevertheless, crime has flourished from the time Cain killed Abel. Ancient regimes, such as Babylon and Rome, were noted for their crimes of violence. The Europe of the Dark Ages and even of the so-called age of reason was plagued with highway bandits, murders of passion, and government scandals.
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