Some other reforms include the prison reform, public education, and the temperance movement.
Dorothea Dix disliked the conditions of prisons and decided to write a report for the mentally ill. Lawmakers voted to create new mental hospitals for the mentally through Dorothea's report. She also encouraged other reforms such as; the outlawing of cruel punishments, discontinuing of debtors' prisons, and the creation of a special justice system for children.
Horace Mann known as the "father of American Public Schools" spoke about how education is needed and that it should cost less. Through Mann's guidance, Massachusetts voted to pay taxes to build better schools, pay higher salaries for teachers, and to open schools to train teachers. This encouraged some states to do the same as well.
Reformers linked alcohol abuse to crime, the break up of families, and mental illnesses. The temperance movement started in the late 1820s. The movement is a public campaign against the sale or drinking of alcohol. In 1850, Maine banned the sale of alcohol and others began to follow. While these laws were later repealed, the movement would once strengthen again.