Prison Reform

Prison Reform
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  • Prison Reform
  • 4/9/1841
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  • -1841- Dorothea Dix starts to teach Sunday school at a jail. What she didn't know, was how everyone was treated in jail.
  • "I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane...men and woman. I proceed...to call your attention to the present state of insane persons confined."
  •  Public Asylums!
  • Dorothea found out that prisoners were put in cages and chains. Even children with minor thefts were put with adult criminals. She continued to check out jails to see if this was everywhere. It was a lot of jails that were like this.
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  • 1887
  • The mentally ill weren't treated good either. They were treated like prisoners, locked in dirty, crowded prison cells. If misbehaved, they were whipped.
  • Dorothea prepared a report for the Massachusetts state legislat- -ure. The lawmakers voted to create public asylums for the mentally ill. She continuted in other states, with the sam reaction.
  • -1887- The mentally ill aren't treated like prisoners anymore, and get the help they need. They also stopped putting debtors in prison. They also made special justice systems for children and outlawed cruel punishments.
  • Dorothea Dix was born in 1802, and worked hard to improve the conditions for prisoners and the mentally ill. She showed that the reformers could lead society to make significant changes. Dor- -thea was able to accomplish this, but died in 1887 and left America better.
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