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.
8709 10 months ago Theresa Murphy yonkers, NY This is from the Jim Crow Era of keeping Blacks in slavery.
8708 10 months ago Steve K McKendall Sr BEATTLEBORO, VT
8707 10 months ago Kelly Greene Charlotte, NC
8706 10 months ago Barbara Grosmark Nyack, NY
8705 10 months ago Tamera Bennett Boise, ID
8704 10 months ago Ruthann Ovenshire Minneapolis, MN
8703 10 months ago Mary Newson Oakland, CA
8702 10 months ago Rachel Goldstein Chicago, IL
8701 10 months ago David Garcia LAFAYETTE, CO
8700 10 months ago Russell Bates Berkeley, CA
8699 10 months ago John Tolian Oxnard , CA
8698 10 months ago Dennis Kreiner Carpentersville, IL
8697 10 months ago Jennifer Walters El Mirage, AZ
8696 10 months ago Nelson Klein Cambridge, MA
8695 10 months ago Tracy Scaduto Springfield, IL
8694 10 months ago lenora long hempstead, NY
8693 10 months ago Evgeniya Vyatchanina Gainesville, FL
8692 10 months ago Mary Brouse Lexington, KY
8691 10 months ago Karen Kent Pennington, NJ
8690 10 months ago Robin McIlvaine Punxsutawney, PA
8689 10 months ago Anonymous Tarzana, CA
8688 10 months ago Gabriel Almazan Burbank, CA
8687 10 months ago Emily Moran Merced, CA
8686 10 months ago Gabriella Frey Milford, CT
8685 10 months ago Adam Vrbanic Brooklyn, NY
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