Definition of STOCKS,


STOCKS,

crim. law. A machine commonly made of wood, with boles
in it, in which to confine persons accused of or guilty of a crime.


2. It was used either to confine unruly offenders by way of security,
or convicted criminals for punishment.


3. This barbarous punishment has been generally abandoned in the United
States.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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