The Prison Reform

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  • ThePrisonReform 1841 ByMollyS.
  • IwasteachingSunday schooltothepeoplein prisonsandIwasshocked.
  • Peoplewerebound inchainsand cages.
  • SoIdevotedmylifetofind outwhy.Ialsovisited debtor'sprisonsforpeople whoowedmoney.
  • Todaywewillbetalkingabouttheprismreform.DortheaDixwasa BostonwomanwhoagreedtoteachSundayschoolatajail.
  • Whatshockedmemost wasthewaythey treatedthementallyill people.
  • Childrenaccusedofminortheftswerethrowninjailwithadult criminals.Thequestionwas,weretheconditionsthisbad everywhere?
  • Whilethesepeoplewerelockedup,theycouldn'tearnmoneyto repaytheirdebts.
  • Mostofthemwerelockedindirtycrowdedprisoncells.Plusifthe misbehavedtheywerewhipped!ShebelievedTheyneeded treatmentandcare,notpunishment.
  • Fortwoyears,shegatheredinformationaboutallthesehorrors andpreparedadetailedreportfortheMassachusettsstate legislature.Lawmakersvotedtocreatepublicasylumsforthe mentallyill.Shevisitedmanyotherprisonsanddidthesame.
  • Manyofhercampaignswereasuccessandledtopeoplemaking mentalhospitals.Shehadshownpeoplethatreformerscouldlead societytomakesignificantchanges.Eventhoughhercampaigndid workthereismoretobedonetodaywiththe prisons.(overcrowded)
  • RipDortheaDix
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