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~1841~ Dorothea Dix starts to teach sunday school, but she doesn't realize how the kids are treated.
on to the next state.
Dorothea found out that prisoners were put in chains and then in cages. even children with miner theft were put in with the adult criminals. she kept checking out the jails to see if there were more like this and there were a lot like this.
the mentally ill people would be treated horribly to. they were locked in dirty , crowded prison cells and if they didn't listen they were whipped.
Dorothea prepared a report for the Massachusetts state legislature. the law makers voted to create public asylums for the mentally ill.she continued in other states with the same reactions.
Dix visited prisons in other states as well. after she prepared reports demanding humane treatment for the mentally ill, those states also created special mental hospitals.
dix continued campaigning for prison reform for the rest of her life. by the time she died in 1887 , state governments no longer put debtors in prison. dix had shown that reformers could lead society to make significant changes.
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