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.
8752 4 months ago Kathy Ayers Blue Lake, CA
8751 4 months ago Anonymous Los Angeles , CA
8750 4 months ago Eric Steele Silver Spring, MD
8749 4 months ago Anonymous Lansing, MI
8748 4 months ago Barbara Burns Arcata, CA
8747 4 months ago Anonymous Troy, NM
8746 4 months ago Sheila Mandell Fort Lauderdale , FL
8745 4 months ago Crystal Richards Baltimore, MD
8744 4 months ago Laura Hanks Milwaukie, OR End prison slavery in the US.
8743 4 months ago Kim Floyd Palm Desert, CA
8742 4 months ago joan kemble Madison, WI
8741 4 months ago Sarah Level kansas city, MO
8740 4 months ago shane mccall berkeley, CA
8739 4 months ago paul winstanley san francisco, CA
8738 4 months ago Frederick Cliver Long Beach, CA
8737 4 months ago Sarah Harmon Northlake, IL
8736 4 months ago Bonnie German Rochester Hills, MI
8735 4 months ago Jennifer Smith Philadelphia, PA
8734 4 months ago Brian Fink Philadelphia, PA
8733 4 months ago Linval DePass Palo Alto, CA
8732 4 months ago Peg Unger Fitchburg, WI
8731 4 months ago Crystal Caviel Austin, TX
8730 4 months ago Lindsay Pugh Disputanta, VA
8729 4 months ago Stefan Banas III Omaha, NE All inmates who work in prision should at least get minimum wage.
8728 4 months ago Valerie J Wade Calumet City, IL I would love to see that happen, but honestly, I doubt very seriously if it will.
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