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Prison & Asylum Reform. By Alexis Neumann, Anthony DiMeglio , & Casey Rodenberg. What is a prison reform?. Started by Dorothea Lynde Dix in the 1840’s. They were psychiatric treatments for the insane. . How did dix get the idea?.

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prison asylum reform

Prison & Asylum Reform

By Alexis Neumann, Anthony DiMeglio, & Casey Rodenberg

what is a prison reform
What is a prison reform?
  • Started by Dorothea Lynde Dix in the 1840’s.
  • They were psychiatric treatments for the insane.
how did dix get the idea
How did dix get the idea?
  • A conversation was overheard between two men about the poor conditions of a jail in Boston and Dix decided to go and see if she could help the people in the jail.
  • She saw the poor living conditions of the mentally ill and decided to help them.
  • She visited many hospitals in hope to help people.
what happened to the hospitals
What happened to the hospitals?
  • Dix watched the hospitals grow in numbers and also in size.
  • They transformed from warm familial care into “overcrowded custodial institutions.”
  • People called them “museums of madness”
how did dix spend the end of her life
How did Dix Spend the end of her life?
  • During the civil war she wanted to set up a nursing service for the soldiers. She got the title “Superintendent of Union Army Nurses” but when things couldn’t go her way the job didn’t end up working out.
  • She outlived her friends and family and spent the last years of her life living in the New Jersey State Hospital in Trenton.
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