Hi, my name is Dorthea Dix. I am the founder of the prison reform.
Please help me!
NO YELLING OR YOU'll GET THE WHIP!!!
Are all jails like this?!
Yes, as far as I know. Why?
The Prison Reform
I devoted myself to finding out if all prisons were like this. I was shocked to find it was true.
One day in 1841, Dorothea agreed to teach Sunday school at a jail. What she saw that day changed her life.
I spent years I gathered information on what I had seen. Then took the report to the Massachusetts State Legislature.
She was horrified to see prisoners bound in chains and locked in cages.
Children that committed minor thefts were jailed with adults and mentally ill people were locked up in dirty crowded prison cells. Many were whipped for misbehavior. The mentally ill were also treated this way.
The legislature then made public asylums for the mentally ill. She took this to other states and they alsp made mental hospitals.
Dix continued campaigning for the prison reform for the rest of her life. By 1887, her death year, most states had changed there ways in prisons.