Dorothea Dex never expected to start prison reform but when she found out the terrible conditions she wrote a report to her state and the state immediately helped Dix on her path to reform. The mentaly ill were given a hospital instead of being locked away for the behavior, children were no longer jailed with adults. Debtors were also given their own fasility and their living conditions gradually improved.
In the late 1800s the temperance movement was started. The temperance movement was all about stoping alcohol abuse as it had a history for crime. In the 1800s Maine banned the sale of alcohol and other states would soon follow. Although the laws were applied the movement started again in the later 1800s.