Prison Reform movement

Prison Reform movement
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  • It is 1841 and a women named Dorthea Dix is at a jail to teach Sunday school
  • Hello my name is Dorthea Dix and i am here to teach u about Bible
  • Hello Mrs. Dix
  • This is terrible and something needs to change
  • When she saw the terrible conditions in the jails she devoted herself to finding out the answer
  • Next she goes to a debtor's prison where people are put there and are unable to pay of there debts and then would be stuck in prison for years
  • This is wrong and these people should be able to pay of debts so they're not stuck in jail for a long time
  • I was put in here because i owe money but now I don't have a way to pay of my debts
  • For the next two years Dorthea went around to multiple prisons, debtor's prison, and asylums collecting data about the horrors she had seen 
  • all these things are terrible and shouldn't be happening to anyone
  • After collecting all of her data she presents it to the massachusetts state legislature 
  • I came as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane men and women. I proceed to call your attention to present state of insane persons, confined in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, and pens! Chained, naked, beaten with rods, and lashed into obedience 
  • We all agree with your statements and will create public asylums
  • By the time she died in 1887 state governments no longer put debtors into prisons. Most states created a special justice system for troubled children. Many others also outlawed cruel punnishments such as branding people with hot iorns.
  • Thanks Dorthea Dix
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