This is Dorothea Dix, in 1841 she volunteered to teach sunday school in a jail. What she saw changed many things for her and started the Prison Reform.
Dix saw that these prisoners were chained tother and locked in cages. And children were put in jail with adult criminals. She also found out that some people were in jail that owed less than 20 dollars and they couldn't pay it off because there was no way for them to make money.
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Dix was outraged when she saw how mentally ill people were being treated. They were locked in cells and were whipped for bad behavior. She believed that these people needed help not punishments.
For the next 2 years Dix gathered information and visited many prisons. Then she reported to the Massachusetts State Legislature, she told them about how mentally ill people were being treated.
The law makers were shocked and voted to make separated public mental hospitals. This made it so the mentally ill could be helped and treated for.
Dorothea Dix continued to fight for prison reform for the rest over life and because of her the governments no longer put people that owed money in jail, many states created special systems for children, and many states outlawed cruel punishments. This helped people in the future because it showed them that people can make significant changes if they try.