Prison Reformation

Prison Reformation
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  • 1847
  • This prison is disgusting.
  • I committed murder.
  • I only stole a pencil...
  • The Prison Reform Movement Dorthea Dix, was born on April 4, 1802. She was very passionate in changing the conditions of the prisons and was the main reformer who changed these conditions. She was also a teacher, and agreed to teach Sunday school at the prison. She realized that the conditions of the prison were horrible, and she knew she had to fight for change.
  • These people did nothing wrong, they don't deserve to be treated like this.
  • Dorthea realized that young children who committed minor crimes were bring jailed with adults who had committed very serious crimes. She began to get angry about what she was seeing and knew she had to do something about it.
  • I have written you a letter to address my concerns about prisons.
  • Dorthea wondered if conditions were this bad everywhere, so she devoted her time to visiting prisons to find out. She visited hundreds to prisons throughout Massachusetts.
  • ...and less crowded!
  • Thanks to Dorthea, our prisons are now clean!
  • She was most shocked when she found out that the mentally disabled were thrown into crowded cells at the prisons. She believed that they should be loved and cared for, and not punished.
  • After witnessing the terrible conditions of many prisons, Dorthea wrote a detailed report the the Massachusetts legislature.
  • By the time Dorthea died, in 1847, people we're treated much better, thanks to Dorthea. Debtors were no longer put into prison, and special justice systems were created for children in trouble. Prisons were now cleaner, and less crowded, and mentally disabled were no longer treated so poorly.
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