Prison Reform

Prison Reform

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  • The Prison Reform By: Scout Kuehn
  • Oh my! This is horrible!
  • Sit down!  Stay quiet you mental.
  • Before
  • Help me! This isn't fair!
  • I'm being removed from this prison! I'll be going into the system!
  • After
  •  Important dates of the Prison Reform are: the year of 1841, in which Dorothea, a reformer, visited a jail and made a horrifying discovery, between the years 1841-1843, where Dix collected information and wrote reports, and the year of 1887, in which the reform pays off.
  • Prisoners are being treated horribly! We need to fix this!
  • What caused the reform was the fact that prisoners were treated horribly. Prisoners were bound in chains, locked in cages, and more. People who owed debt, no matter how much they owed, may have spent years in prison. And the mentally ill were being treated horribly, instead of getting the care they needed.
  • I must put an end to their suffering.
  • The Prison Reform ensures that the human rights of prisoners are  protected. The rights of the prisoners were horrible before the reform. They had to live in horrible conditions and were treated horribly, what they went through was far from humane. 
  • Of course! What they were doing to you was inhumane. The treatment you are getting is a common right that all mentally ill should have.
  • Thank you for getting me the help that I need.
  • Dorothea Dix was a reformer. In my opinion she was very determined, for she did not stop fighting for the reform until her death. I also believe she is very empathetic. I believe this because she fought for those who weren’t like her,  adult criminals, children, debtors, and the mentally ill. Overall, was a great and inspiring woman.
  •  Dorothea Dix gathered information about all the horrors. She made a detailed report to the Massachusetts state legislature, ending with lawmakers voting to make public asylums. Then she visited other state prisons, and wrote more reports, and those states made mental hospitals. 
  • This is a conversation between the reformer, Dorothea Dix, and a mentally ill person who used to be in prison.
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