Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix
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  • When I agreed to teach Sunday school at a prison, I had no idea I would be witness to how horrible the prisoners were treated!
  • I'm devoting myself to traveling throughout Massachusetts to see if conditions are this bad in all the other prisons!
  • Prisoners and mentally ill people deserve to be treated like humans
  • because they are humans
  • In 1841 a Boston woman named Dorothea Dix volunteered to teach Sunday schools to prisoners she saw how bad the conditions were at the prisons. Prisoners were bound in chains, locked in cages, children were jailed with adults.
  • Dorothea visited hundreds of prisons throughout Massachusetts, including debtors' prisons where people that owed money would have to be until they payed the money back. Mentally ill people were locked in dirty crowded prison cells. If these people misbehaved they would be whipped. Dorothea believed that mentally ill people needed treatment not punishment.
  •  After gathering information for 2 years she prepared a detailed report for the Massachusetts state legislature which led to prison reform in 1887.
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