Prison Reform

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  • One day, Dorothea Dix, a Boston woman, agreed to teach Sunday school at a jail in 1841.
  • She was shocked when she saw the conditions of the prison.
  • These conditions are not right!    
  • Children were jailed with adults, unfair punishment was everywhere, and the mentally ill were bound in cells and chains.
  • For years, Dorothea gathered information about the prisoner's treatment.
  • Dorothea Dix campaigned for the prison reform. She visited more jails and demanded for humane treatment in prisons.
  • I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane...men and women.
  • Dorothea's report shocked lawmakers and made them create a special asylum for mentally ill.
  • All in favor?
  • Dorothea Dix was a leader in the prison reform movement. She fought very hard for the rights of prisoners. By the time she died in 1887, debtors were no longer jailed. Her fighting made prisons a more sustainable place and helped the mentally ill get the treatment they needed.
  • HOORAY!
  • Dorothea's movement is still important today. Without the important prison rights, life would be completely miserable and unfair for the detained.
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