Dorathea Dix's Experience In Asylums And Prisons In The 1800s

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Caged. Chained. Tortured. These three words describe what prisons had to experience in Asylums and Prisons in the 1800s. The prisoners experienced horrible treatment and had to endure so much pain and agony like forced heavy labor, the electric chair, and sometimes even execution. Due to these inhumane conditions of asylums and prisons, reform was needed in the 1800s.
Prisoners were treated with inhumane conditions and were treated very poorly, they had to suffer in these unhealthy conditions in prisons and asylums. The prisoners were kept in tiny cells and given nothing to do but lose their minds if kept there long enough. They were chained and caged regularly in cellars and closets that left bruises and marks on their bodies. The conditions were often described and unhealthy, unsanitary, and overcrowded. Inmates were often left naked and physically abused and left in horror. The inhumane conditions usually lead to inmates death, attempted suicide or becoming physically and mentally ill. …show more content…

Dorathea Dix is one leader that started to make progress in the changes in the prisons creating the reforms. She started to teach Sunday school at a jail leading to more advancements in prison reforms and by encouraging others to join the movement in doing so. Dorothea saw how they were treating the mentally ill as if they were nothing more than animals, she saw what they would do to them. Her and other reformers believed that the mentally ill should get treatment to help them and not

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