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Title: 19th century reformism

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Date: December 28, 1998
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Americans were becoming more and more conscious of self improvement and were finally taking charge of building a better society. In the early 1820's America became the first country to ever adopt a penitentiary system of prison discipline. These facilities focused on moral and religious education to prevent the recurrence of crimes rather than having the prisoners waste away for the rest of their lives...

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The prisoners were being saved "By imparting to them useful knowledge, and by giving them industrious and orderly habits, rescuing them from vice and rendering them valuable members of society(Fourth Annual report)." Through the efforts of a single woman, Dorthea Dix, more than a dozen states enacted sweeping prison reforms and created special institutions for the mentally ill...

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