Prison Reform Movement

Prison Reform Movement

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  • They have broke the law and must be punished! 30 years prison sentence.
  • I didn't even steal anything!
  • Prisoner's Reform Movement
  • This is not exceptable! They have done no wrong!
  • I am so sorry, sir! I did not mean that.
  • You mustn't treat me that way! You will be punished for your actions!
  • Oh, my. We will move to separate the mentally ill and prisoners.
  • Please, Sir. These people are mistreated and beaten.
  • In 1841, Dorothea Dix was to teach Sunday school at a prison and was mortified with what she discovered. There were children in chains and lock in cages that had had not even committed a crime. She decided that she must know if all prisons were this cruel.
  • How are you feeling today, Mary?
  • A little better. My head is still in pain, unfortunately.
  • After witnessing what was happening in the prisons first-hand, Dorothea Dix was curious if these conditions were the same in other prisons. To her dismay, they were. The mentally ill were treated worst and were beaten and whipped for their actions.
  • The Prison
  • I am so pleased now that they are separate, and treated the way they deserve.
  • The Mental Hospital
  • She then decided that she could not stand idly by and let them get beaten and treated that way, for something they did not even do. Dorothea Dix wrote to Legislature and moved to have prisons and the mentally ill separate. The lawmakers were shocked.
  • Today
  • I believe you are guilty! You have a sentence of two years.
  • The Prison Reform helped to create a better way of treatment for the mentally ill. They soon developed different types of therapy and medications that had helped them, much more than beating the illness out of them ever would. Prisoners were also treated better and had proper sentences.
  • Dorothea Dix later died in 1887, but her Prison reform helped many prisoners and mentally ill patients get the proper treatment that they deserved. She had opened people up to the way life truly was for them and saved many lives. Without her help, we would not be treated as fairly.
  • In today's world, the mentally ill can be treated through may different forms of therapy, as well as medications. Prisoners also have the right to a trial before they were sentenced, unlike they did in the 1800s. Without the prison reform, many people would not have the justice they do now.
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