In the 1840's a women named Dorothea Dix agreed to teach Sunday school at a prison. But when she entered she was horrified by all of the people chained up and brutally beaten. After what she saw she devoted her life to make sure prisons treated the people fairly and getting rid of the insane punishments like being ironed.
There were many issues inside the prison like for example children being locked in the same cell with adults. And people were bounded in chains and striped naked. And people were jailed for ridiculous things like owing somebody $20.
Not only that but they would harshly beat people to near death. And to make people behave they would also beat them leaving huge bruises, gashes, broken bones. And instead of helping the mentally insane with treatment they beat them into obedience.
In horror and shock she started to write down what happened in prison's and how they treated their prisoners. Then she started informing people about the prisons . Then she rampaged to the court showing all of the information she collected. Horrified the court made a public mental health center for the insane to be treated correctly and taken care of and prisons were way less harsh
Thanks to Dorothea Dix mentally insane people could get the treatment they needed and deserved instead of brutally being beaten to death. And children weren't locked up in cells with adults. And people weren't brutally beat to the point of death and they were treated most of the time kindly and this also carried out throughout many different states.
Thanks to Dorothea Dix we have places to help the insane and punish them with brutality. And kids aren't locked up with dangerous adults and they have their own little cell. And she made the prison's a safer and better place then what they used to be and without her maybe people would still be beat to near death.