I'm Dorothea Dix and I think there needs to be a reform for prisons.
Let me out! I only owe 3 dollars!
I originally came here to teach you guys. I am still going to but, I will now be fighting for you guys to get better prisons.
Thank you Dorothea Dix, there really does need to be a change.
This place is in terrible conditions.
Dorothea Dix a woman from Boston agreed to teach Sunday school at prisons but realized that the conditions of the prison she was at was terrible. So she started the Prison reform movement which started in 1841- when she died in 1887.
Please help me!
Dorothea Dix was horrified to know that this was a problem in this world and went out to fix it. She visited hundreds of jails and visited debtors' prison and found out most of the people there owed less then 20 dollars.
This place is over crowded.
Dorothea Dix visited hundreds of prisons and realized that a lot of jails were in terrible conditions. She also visited debtors' prisons and saw that most of the inmates owed less than 20 dollars and couldn't make 20 dollars to pay it off.
Yay I'm set free now, thanks Dorothea Dix.
What shocked Dix the most was how the mentally Ill were being treated, they were just thrown in jail and kept in dirty overcrowded cells. If they misbehaved they were wiped.
Dix believed that the mentally ill needed treatment and care not punishment. Massachusetts had only one asylum and only the wealthy could afford to send family members to the asylum. Plus it was overcrowded.
For 2 years Dix gathered information to help the mentally ill and inmates with there prison problems. With all of her information she went to the Massachusetts state legislature. The lawmakers voted to create public asylums for the mentally ill. Debtors were also not put in prison anymore.