Crime and punishment in Korvosa

Punishments for violent crimes in Korvosa are harsh, but the general populace considers them fair. Non-violent crimes carry differing punishments depending on the disposition of the criminal: A member of the thieves’ guild (the only legal guild in the city) or a registered gang might receive a lighter sentence than does a freelancer, depending on the crime in question. The following selections of crimes and their punishments (listed in order they are applied) should not be construed as all-inclusive. Korvosa’s legal code fills multiple thick volumes.
Crime and Punishments
Treason: Torture, death; no appeal
Murder: Torture, death; no appeal
Rape: Torture and castration, imprisonment (10–20 years), death; no appeal
Armed Robbery: Pay restitution or lose a hand, imprisonment (10–20 years)
Arson: Pay restitution or branding, imprisonment (10+ years); plus murder charge if fire kills
Unionizing: Branding, imprisonment (5–10 years); no appeal
Accidental Death: Pay restitution or torture, imprisonment (5–8 years)
Robbery*: Pay restitution or lose a hand, imprisonment (2–10 years), pay restitution
Drug Use Imprisonment (4–6 months pre-trial, plus 2–3 years if guilty)
Burglary*: Pay restitution, imprisonment (1–2 years)
*: A member of the Cerulean Society (thieves’ guild) or a registered gang can expect to receive a lighter sentence of around half the common punishment for these crimes.

Crime and punishment in Korvosa

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