Prison reform movement

Prison reform movement

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  • Prison Reform Movement
  • All I wanted was to teach a day at jail. I didn't think they were treated this badly.
  • Prison Reform Movement
  • This is so unfair. People don't deserve this.
  • Prison Reform Movement
  • I hope the state legislature changes these laws so prisoners can have a better life.
  • Dorothea Dix was asked to teach a day at Sunday school at a jail and agreed. What she saw at the jail that day, she didn't like to see and it changed her life. Every person she saw, she wondered more and more, are conditions this horrible everywhere?
  • Prison Reform Movement
  • Dorothea wanted to find out why conditions had to be that bad. She visited lots of jails and prisons. A prison she visited was a debtors prison and most of people there owed less than 20 dollars. The mentally ill people were treated even worse. If they misbehaved, they were whipped.
  • Prison Reform Movement
  • They are finally getting treated better and they have mental hospitals now instead of prisons!
  • For two years, Dorothea gathered information about everything she had seen. She then prepared a report for the state legislature
  • Prison Reform Movement
  • I can't imagine how life would be with so many people in debtors prison and are in horrible condtions. What would we have done if we didn't have Dorothea Dix!
  • ,"I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane... men and women. I proceed... to call your attention to the present state of insane persons, confined... in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens! Chained, naked, beaten with rods, and lashed into obedience!
  • After Dorothea's report, the lawmakers voted to create asylums for the mentally ill. After that, she visited more prisons in other states. she prepared reports for treatment for the mentally ill. Then those states also created mental hospitals.
  • Dorothea campaigned for prison reform for the rest of her life. By the time she died, debtors were no longer put in prison. They had created special justice systems for children in trouble and they outlawed cruel punishments.
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