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Our guest is the ghost of Dorothea Dix, the reformer for the Prison reform. She's a former teacher and author, and she brought the change needed for prisoners.
Hello everyone, and welcome to todays news broadcast. I'm super excited to welcome a very special guest today.
Thanks for joining us today Dorothea why don't you start by telling us what made you want to start this movement.
In 1841 I saw some terrible things at the prisons that made me want change.
What were the terrible things you saw that made you know the reform was needed?
Many prisoners were bound in chains and locked in cages, children accused of minor thefts were jailed with adult criminals. Mentally ill were treated poorly- most were locked in dirty, crowded prison cells. If they misbehaved they were whipped.
Can you tell me what was done to solve these issues?
The lawmakers voted to create public asylums for the mentally ill. She traveled around through some states and those state created special mental hospitals. State governments no longer put debtors in prison. They also created special justice systems for children in trouble. Many outlawed cruel punishments such as branding people.
Lastly, what did you do specifically for this movement?
I mainly visited prisons all over different states to gather information. I wanted to raise awareness to everyone. I even wrote a letter to state legislature asking for there to be better conditions. I then spent the rest of my life campaigning to make sure that change occurred.
Thanks for joining us today Dorothea Dix, and may you rest in peace. That's all we have today cokes until next time on the number one news station!
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