They also wanted better prison grounds with better conditions.
Inmany of the eighty men at Auburn Prison committed suicide or had mental breakdowns after being locked in solitary; forcing the governor to pardon hardened criminals. Advocates for prisoners believed that deviants could change and that a prison stay could have a positive effect.
The year also marked the beginning of the superintendence of Dr. She was so disturbed by what she saw she set out to reform prisons and asylums everywhere.
Massachusetts had one private asylum, or hospital for the mentally ill. Her childhood was difficult; her father was an abusive alcoholic and her mother suffered from mental illness.
She continued campaigning for reform for the rest of her life. After she prepared reports demanding justice for the mentally ill, those states also created special mental hospitals.