Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix

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  • Dorothea Dix was born on April 4th, 1802. In 1836 she closed the school she worked at and got a job teaching inmates in prison.
  • Dix was shocked to see the poor conditions in the prison. Inmates who are in debt could not work to pay off their debt so their jail time kept stacking.
  • But how am I supposed to pay off my debt?!?
  • Dix was horrified to see how badly treated not only the prisoners but also the mentally ill people 
  • Dorothea went to other prison's in the state to see what their conditions are. She found that other prisons treated their inmates the same. Dix decided it was time to take action.
  • Dorothea had a document that proposed asylums for mentally ill people with some additions. Dorothea presented the document but it was unfortunately vetoed by the president.
  • Dorothea Dix died on July 17, 1887. Her fight for the mentally ill and better prison conditions helped people from the struggle of not paying their debt or getting hurt for committing the simplest crime. Her fight is one of the many important movements that made America the land of the free.
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