Prisons during the Antebellum Era
Dorothea is debatably the most famous prison and asylum reformist of these times. Originally a school teacher Dorothea came a crossed the horrible conditions in Prisons later in life when she conducted a state wide investigation of the way Massachusetts cared for their mentally ill. When doing this study she found out that most mentally ill persons were kept in prisons, this is where she first encountered such conditions. While Dorothea's main purpose was to help the mentally ill, not the prisoners, her complaints brought attention to the prisons and conditions where eventually improved.