In the 1830s there was no such thing as insane asylums! Everyone including children were being thrown into jail for crimes such as murder to spitting on the street. The poor insane people were also being thrown into jail for crimes they didn't even know they were committing. The jails were very dirty and not fit for anyone to live in. Finally, a women by the name of Dorothea Dix, a Massachusetts school teacher, brought these unhealthy living conditions and ways of the insane into the view of the legislature. She protested that the insane would stay insane if they continued to be punished for crimes they didn't even know they were committing. She persuaded the legislature to get the insane out of the prisons and put them into insane asylums. Here they can receive help and rehabilitation. After the 1840s, many new insane asylums started opening up around America to help the insane.