Being an ‘incorrigible rogue’ no longer illegal
England’s repeat rascals can breathe a little easier tonight. Being an “incorrigible rogue” is no longer against the law.
Britain’s Ministry of Justice said that the oldfashioned-sounding offence, created in the early 19th century, was one of more than 300 obsolete offences which had been scrapped over the past year.
The 1824 Vagrancy Act was aimed at the punishment of “idle and disorderly persons,” “rogues,” and “vagabonds.” It defined an “incorrigible rogue” as a homeless person who violently resisted arrest.
Many such laws have been heavily amended since or slipped into obsolescence as they were replaced by newer legislation. The government publishes an annual account of new and expired offences. Thursday’s report said that 309 old ones were scrapped and 327 were added.