Dorthia Dix and the Prison Reform

Dorthia Dix and the Prison Reform

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  • Hi I am Dorthia DIx and I will be teaching you for sunday school.
  • Are the conditions this bad?
  • Help Us!!!
  • A week later..
  • I am going to help you all!
  • Awful!!
  • How are the conditions here?
  • We are barely feed anything. I am always hungry and I cannot go to the bathroom in a normal bathroom, I have to go in a bucket.
  • It was the year 1841. Today I agreed to teach a sunday school at a prison. It is a crazy idea but, I realized that we treat our prisoners with so much disrespect and it is disturbing to see these people chained to floor. Also, I saw that children, mentally disabled, men, and women were all mixed together in jail cells. This made me think, "Were conditions this bad everywhere?"
  • Thursday
  • Since going to that jail, I have devoted my life to finding out a way to fix all the jails throughout the United States. Then it hit me, why don't I just go to jails throughout Massachusetts and take notes on how horrible the conditions are at the prisons. Then I can send my notes to the Massachusetts legislature.
  • Thanks Dorthia!
  • Thanks Dorthia!
  • Thanks Dorthia!
  • I followed through with my plan, I have visted all the prisons in Massachusetts. It took me two years but, it was worth it. Fighting for these people's rights is the right thing to do. I asked prisoners about the conditions in the prisons and took notes about the facility. I shall right a document and send it to the Massachusetts legislature by Thursday.
  • How did the prison reform impacted society today?
  • I have sent the document to the Massachusetts legislature. The results that I got back were amazing, they agreed to making the prisons better by making them more sanitary, giving prisoners rights, separating the women, men, and children by putting them in different prisons. Also, they agreed instead of putting the mentally disabled in the prisons that we should put them in hospitals. This will help the mentally disabled get the help they need.
  • "I come as an advocate to helpless, forgotten, insane men and women." "I proceed to call your attention to the present of insane persons, confined in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, and pens! Chained, naked, beaten with rods, and lashed into obedience."
  • Without Dorthia Dix and her contributions to the prison reform, prisoners today would still be treated the same way as before in colonial america. Instead of being treated as humans, they would be treated like animals.
  • In the 21st century, we don't have people who are mentally disabled in prisons anymore. Now, we have homes or centers where they can receive help such as Hillcrest or Hills and Dales. These facilities provide help to people with special needs to help them learn and the people who work at these facilities help take care of them. From the prison reform, Dorthia Dix has taught us that every body should be treated equally and given the same respect and fairness.
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