I think that Jem is right because killing someone isn’t something you accidentally do. It’s way over reacting to the situation and people that kill others have something seriously wrong with there mental heath, maybe this was common back then but I thing that even if it was common it isn’t right. Getting beat up isn’t good but it’s lots better than straight up killing them. I don’t understand why there wasn’t any jail guards back then, I thing that it is so dangerous locking someone up and leaving them there pretty much to get killed. Why did they not hunt down people that took people out of jail and killed them? Because I think that is way worse than the crime that the people are in jail for.