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1841 in Boston, mass. Women named Dorothea dix was teaching Sunday school at a jail. She witnessed how to prisoners were treated and she didn't like it.
She visited hundred jails throughout Massachusetts. She witnessed a lot of things. like the bad conditions, mentally ill people getting abused and a lot more.
She gathered information from over 2 years of time. She prepared a detailed report for the Massachusetts state legislature.
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She said her statement to the legislature
I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotton and insane... men and women. I proceed... to call your attention to the present state of insane persons, confined... in cages,clostes,cellars,stalls,pens! chained,naked,beaten with rods, and lashed into obedience!
The lawmakers voted to create public asylums for the mentally ill. After that she visited more states as well. After she prepared reports demanding treatment for the ill. Those states also created special mental hospitals.
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Dix campaigned for prison reform for the rest of her life until she died in 1887.Stae governments no longer put debtors in prison. Most states had created special justice systems for children in trouble. Many had outlawed cruel punishment, such as branding people with hot irons. Dix had shown that reforms could lead society to make significant changes.
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