Chapter 18 Project

Chapter 18 Project

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  • *Cough Cough*
  • Oh my goodness, this is not right. You poor people.
  • People are not being treated right in prisons, and I want to see a change! People are being whipped if they misbeahave, and that is inhumane. 
  • Do you have any evidence of this?
  •  The Prison Reform, 1841-1887: One Sunday day in Boston a woman by the name of Dorothea Dix taught Sunday school at a jail, and what she saw influenced the rest of her life. People were stuffed into crowded dirty cells, children faced the same treatment as adults for minor crimes, people were abused if they misbehaved, and the mentally ill didn't get any care. 
  • For two years, Dix went around multiple prisons in Massachusetts and gathered information about what type of inhumanity was going on. She then took that information and wrote up a report to present to the Massachusetts state legislature. She demanded public asylums, and humane and just treatment for all in prison. 
  • For the rest of her life, Dix campaigned for the prison reform, and when she died state governments did not put debtors in prison anymore, most states has special justice systems for children who committed small crimes, and a lot of states no longer abused the people in prison. 
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