Link's Hideaway writes:
"It was a much more stern time in the history of Hyrule; a time when a younger form of the kingdom regarded offenders of the law as refuse to be cast aside. Not a century after the formation of Hyrule, the Shiekah - the guardians of the royal family - were to be given permissions in the realm of punishment and imprisonment. They would be granted authority to deal with criminals under the spoken (and highly open for speculation) constitution of Hylian law. In these Hyrulian dark ages, those who would violate the laws of the land were handled abruptly and harshly, as the Shiekah were, at the time, an entitled and highly powerful extension of the Royal family's sword."