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.
8763 1 year ago Trebor Strong N Las Vegas, NV
8762 1 year ago Jennifer O'Neal Studio City, CA
8761 1 year ago Heidi Holloran Haiku, HI
8760 1 year ago Marlene Flaton Brooklyn, NY
8759 1 year ago wes Howard Hutchins, TX
8758 1 year ago Tina Ann Bolinas, CA
8757 1 year ago Robert Brown Fircrest, WA
8756 1 year ago Brian Sharrer Gotha, FL
8755 1 year ago Anonymous usa, DC #EndMassIncarceration
8754 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago Kathy Ayers Blue Lake, CA
8751 1 year ago Anonymous Los Angeles , CA
8750 1 year ago Eric Steele Falls Church, VA
8749 1 year ago Anonymous Lansing, MI
8748 1 year ago Barbara Burns Arcata, CA
8747 1 year ago Anonymous albquerque, NM
8746 1 year ago Sheila Mandell Fort Lauderdale , FL
8745 1 year ago Crystal Richards Baltimore, MD
8744 1 year ago Laura Hanks Milwaukie, OR End prison slavery in the US.
8743 1 year ago Kim Floyd Palm Desert, CA
8742 1 year ago joan kemble Madison, WI
8741 1 year ago Sarah Level kansas city, MO
8740 1 year ago shane mccall berkeley, CA
8739 1 year ago Paul Winstanley San Francisco, CA
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