Abolish Slavery as Criminal Punishment

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We call upon you to propose a constitutional amendment to abrogate the "exception clause" which, since the 1865 passage of the 13th Amendment, has watered down the abolition of slavery, allowing that practice to continue being applied to individuals convicted of a crime. From the beginning, that clause was shamelessly used as a device to re-impose conditions of slavery on persons who had supposedly been released from bondage. In the present-day system of mass incarceration, it continues to legitimize the exploitation of prison labor under the most draconian conditions and, more generally, to perpetuate a culture in which incarcerated people are deprived of basic human rights and in which economic opportunities and political rights are withheld from them even after their release.


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Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8759 10 months ago wes Howard Hutchins, TX
8758 10 months ago Tina Ann Bolinas, CA
8757 10 months ago Robert Brown Fircrest, WA
8756 10 months ago Brian Sharrer Gotha, FL
8755 10 months ago Anonymous usa, DC #EndMassIncarceration
8754 10 months ago Gloria Foster Canandaigua, NY Slavery is immoral and a money making deal for the very rich. We should not let people off who are rich enough to pay bail money and SHOULD NOT IMPRISON ANYONE WHO IS POOR AND CANNOT PAY BAIL!!!!! ...
8753 10 months ago Teresa Easley Los Angeles, CA Incarceration is now such a big business some southern cities almost went bankrupt when the population was reduced. We need to change this.
8752 10 months ago Kathy Ayers Blue Lake, CA
8751 10 months ago Anonymous Los Angeles , CA
8750 10 months ago Eric Steele Falls Church, VA
8749 10 months ago Anonymous Lansing, MI
8748 10 months ago Barbara Burns Arcata, CA
8747 10 months ago Anonymous albquerque, NM
8746 10 months ago Sheila Mandell Fort Lauderdale , FL
8745 10 months ago Crystal Richards Baltimore, MD
8744 10 months ago Laura Hanks Milwaukie, OR End prison slavery in the US.
8743 10 months ago Kim Floyd Palm Desert, CA
8742 10 months ago joan kemble Madison, WI
8741 10 months ago Sarah Level kansas city, MO
8740 10 months ago shane mccall berkeley, CA
8739 10 months ago Paul Winstanley San Francisco, CA
8738 10 months ago Frederick Cliver Long Beach, CA
8737 10 months ago Sarah Harmon Northlake, IL
8736 10 months ago Bonnie German Rochester Hills, MI
8735 10 months ago Jennifer Smith Philadelphia, PA
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