Chapter 18 Reform Project

Chapter 18 Reform Project

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  • These conditions are horrible. Prisoners should not go through this!
  • America must make a change. We need places for the mentally ill to be taken care of.
  • With all that I have seen, I will stand up to the the for the mentally ill.
  • Dorothea Dix visits a prison and realizes that harsh environment prisoners experience in prison 
  • And by vote, the state of Massachusetts will create asylums for the mentally ill.
  • After visiting several hundred prisons, Dix decided something had to be done to improve the living space for criminals, including men, women and children. Even debtors who owed less than $20 dollars were jailed.
  • Thanks for improving the living conditions, Dorothea Dix!
  • Dorothea Dix gathered information for the hundreds of jails and prisons she visited, and would eventually take the evidence to the Massachusetts state legislature, where the lawmakers voted to create public asylums for the mentally ill who were kept in prisons.
  • The state of Massachusetts began to create asylums, and would also stop placing debtors in jail and prison. The jail and prison systems became less violent and would improve the life for people in prison systems. 
  • The jail and prison systems became less violent, while still holding violent criminals. The system would continue to improve and would eventually become what it is today.
  • By the time of Dorothea Dix death in 1887, debtors were no longer placed in prison. Children were no longer placed in prisons with adults. Branding people with hot irons and other cruel punishments were also outlawed.
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