Great site found by a student in Ms. Cohen's 2nd period in 2008--lots of good info on crime and punishment in the Victorian Age, including specific offenses and their punishments (ever wonder what "transportation" is? What was the penalty for prostitution? etc). Created by 3 local city organizations in England.
Who better to tell us about the Victorians than the BBC? They have a great site about the Victorian Era--good for evidence about how society was changing and progressing. Remember to click on the different sections on the left (money, railway, etc).
The Norton Anthology of English Literature Norton Topics Online: Victorian Age
Check out the first paragraph, and then click on the links in the left-hand sidebar (industrialization, the "woman question," imperialism, etc).
FYI: The Norton Anthology is a textbook that you'll probably use in college if you take a survey of British Literature course. They always provide good background on the different historical periods of their literature.