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  • Hello, i'm Dorothea Dix. I'm here to teach some of your prisoners.
  • Ok, one of our gaurds will lead you to the cells
  • In 1841 Dorothea Dix begins her first Sunday school teaching job at a jail. 
  • When she gets to the room where she is supposed to teach she sees the harsh conditions, and she notices the mentally ill prisoners look unhealthy. Dorothea visited debtors prison, there were also children that were put in prison with adults for minor theft.
  • Dorothea devoted herself to finding out the answer to her question she visited prisons and jails all over Massachusetts. She also visited debtors prison, and most of the prisoners owed less than $20, but could not work. So they stayed in prison for years.
  • Dorothea Dix was shocked the most by the way Mentally Ill patients were treated most were locked in dirty cells, or in crowded cells. 
  • Dorothea gathered information about the things she had seen and she prepared a detailed report for the Massachusetts state legistlaturre.
  • Lawmakers were shocked by Dorothea's report and voted to create public asylums for mentally ill. Dorothea continued to visit prisons in different states and demanded more humane conditions, those states then also created special mental hospitals. Dorothea continued to campaign the rest of her life.
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