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  • The Start of the Reform
  • Hi everyone! I am Ms. Dorothea Dix and I will be teaching Sunday schools every Sunday!
  • Yes. it is important to know about god!
  • Do we have to? 
  • The Realization of the Harsh Treatament
  • Wow! what a harsh punishment for only a twenty dollar debt.
  • I'm only in debt by twenty dollars...
  • Shut it mister!
  • The Realization of the Harsh Treatment Continued
  • It is really hot in here...
  • It's so hot in here!
  • Deal with it!
  • Dorothea Dix was born on April 12, 1802 to a very religious father and a mother who suffered form depression. When Dorothea was just 12 years of age she left home to go live with her grandmother in Boston and then her aunt in Worcester, Massachusetts. At age 14 she started to teach school. She founded the Dix Mansion, a school for girls, and a school that poor girls could attend for free.
  • The Start of the Change
  • These people are kept in hot unsanitary environments, beaten, starved, and kept in chains. People who may even just be in debt by twenty dollars are kept in prison. Also, mentally ill people are housed by murderers.
  • In 1841 Dix's whole life changed when she realized how awful these prisoners were being treated. 
  • The Change is Almost Done
  • Finally! A place where the mentally ill can get the treatment they deserve.
  • The mentally ill were in unsanitary, non heated living quarters. They were also beaten, starved, kept in chains, and people that may have only had $20 in debt were kept in prison and couldn't pay it off.
  • 2018 at ERMS
  • Today we have outlawed cruel punishment to prisoners.
  • We also have asylum for the mentally ill.
  • She then went around to many different prisons in the state and made a document to show the Massachusetts legislature how these people were treated. They agreed to increase the budget to expand the State Mental Hospital in Worcester. She didn't stop there. She toured the state making another document wanting to establish humane asylums for the mentally ill and adding onto or founding hospitals in many different states.
  • Interesting... we will definitely make a huge change!
  • After about 40 years and lots of hard work she opened 32 institutions and helped better the treatment of prisoners.
  • Today almost all of the changes from the reform are still used today. We don't put debtors in  prison, we have asylums for the mentallt ill, we have a special justice system for the children, and there the punishment in prison is not even close to what it was like before the reform. We don't bear our prisoners, starve them, or keep the mentally ill in prison.
  • We don't put debtors in prison either!
  • There are special justice systems for children in trouble.
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