were a common form of punishment.
public humiliation or public shaming is a form of punishment whose main feature is dishonoring or disgracing a person, usually an offender or a prisoner, especially in a public place. it was regularly used as a form of judicially sanctioned punishment in previous centuries, and is still practiced by different means in the modern era.
in the united states, it was a common punishment from the beginning of european colonization through the 19th century. it fell out of common use in the 20th century, though it has seen a revival starting in the 1990s.