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  • One day in 1841 women named Dorothea Dix agreed to teach the prisoners on Sunday. "What she witnessed that day changed her life forever."
  • Okay.
  • Its just right over here miss.
  • Dix was shocked to see how badly the prisoners were treated in the cells. The children accused with minor thefts were thrown in cages with adult criminals. Dix said, "were conditions bad everywhere?"
  • Good heavens.
  • Dix spent herself to find the answer. She went out of her way to visit hundreds of prisons in the area of Massachusetts. She found out that prisons owned less than $20. While the people were locked up, they could not earn money to pay their fine, than meant they were forced in cages for years.
  • The mentally ill need treatment, not to be thrown in a cage. They are locked in filthy pens, and closets. They crowded, and if they did something wrong, they were whipped!
  • For a couple years, Dix gathered information about what she saw. Than reported it in Massachusetts state legislature.
  • “I proceed . . . to call your attention to the present state of insane persons, confined . . . in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens! Chained, naked, beaten with rods, and lashed into obedience!” Lawmakers were shocked and created public asylums for the mentally ill.
  • Dix continued to fight till she died. when she died in 1887, state governments didn't put debtors in cells. Most places had made rights for the children in trouble, and most didn't do cruel punishments. Dix shown that the world could make good changes.
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