Prison Reform Movement

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  • This is not okay, this kid stole a pack of cigars so he's locked up with a murderer?!
  • All I did was steal, now I have to be locked up with a serial killer!
  • I've murdered fifteen people and your going to be sixteen.
  • This sickens me these people are mentally ill they shouldn't be treated like this.
  • You should have listened to me and sat in the chair.
  • How much money do you owe ma'am.
  • What?! That is crazy how is she supposed to pay her debt.
  • I only owe twenty dollars but I can't work to pay it off so I may have to be here for years.
  • Prison reform, Boston, Massachusetts 1841: Dorothea Dix went to a prison in Boston to teach a sunday school class. While she was in the prison she saw how the prisoners were mistreated and was mortified because kids accused of minor crimes had to be locked up with hard time criminals like murderers.
  • In these prisons the mentally ill are being beaten and branded with hot irons.
  • This is not acceptable, I now proclaim that there will be asylums built for the mentally ill.
  • Dorothea went to other prisons around the area and she found the same exact thing happening, she even saw that the mentally ill were beaten if they misbehaved even a little.
  • I'm never going to be hurt again.
  • I'm finally free!
  • Another thing that she saw when going through prisons was that there were debtors, in debtors' prisons, who owed as little of $20 locked up and weren't able to pay those debts because they were in jail not having a job.
  • I hate this place so much.
  • Hey at least we don't have to be locked up with adults like in the 1800's
  • That's very true, I would hate being locked up with an adult at least I'm with someone my own age.
  • Dorothea gathered information about everything that she saw and then went to Massachusetts state legislature and showed them all of these horrors. The lawmakers were so shocked they decided to make public insane asylums for the mentally ill.
  • By the time that Dorothea died she accomplished getting rid of debtors' prisons, created a special juvenile systems for kids in trouble and created mental hospitals for the mentally ill.
  • Mentally ill person.
  • A person in debt.
  • A way that the prison reform movement has impacted our world today is that kids who got in trouble don't have to be locked up with adults. Instead juvenile detention centers were created and the kids are now locked up with kids their own age.
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