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Facing a two-fold increase of population and crime, Europe's leaders decided to take a creative approach to penal reform: rather than building more prisons, criminals were simply shipped to distant colonies to serve out their terms. The English colony of Georgia was initially planned to be settled almost exclusively by previous occupants of debtors' prisons. Vast sections of Australia were also settled in this manner, with thousands of convicts being sent to cities like Fremantle to labor in the various public works projects. If they survived, these convicts could eventually earn the right to charge for their work and perhaps even purchase their freedom, becoming once again members of the society against which they had previously erred.