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.
8676 4 months ago Randall Nelson Champaign, IL
8675 4 months ago Carolfrances Likins LA, CA End the enslavement of human beings - in this country and hopefully inspire it in others - forever! Now
8674 4 months ago Eth Os Great Neck, NY
8673 4 months ago Rob Carrington Birmingham, AL
8672 4 months ago Robin Montgomery Atlanta, GA Annihilate the slavery structure in Judicial System and Amend this Inhumane Act Against Humanity written in 13th Amendment #STOPSLAVERYEVOLUTION
8671 4 months ago Frank Hunter Westmoreland, NH
8670 4 months ago Sarena Sheridan Reno, NV
8669 4 months ago Gloria BrownWright Hartford, CT
8668 4 months ago Barbara Morkill Spokane, WA
8667 4 months ago Eric Simpson Cincinnati, OH
8666 4 months ago Eric Friedman Larchmont, NY
8665 4 months ago Darlin' Boudreau Milton, WA
8664 4 months ago Debora Winn Chatham, NY
8663 4 months ago Patricia Biggs Tigard, OR Even when prisoners are paid, it's usually under a dollar an hour. They often out-compete regular business because labor is soooo cheap! Treating prisoners badly only makes them more resistant to ...
8662 4 months ago Garrick Balk South Elgin, IL
8661 4 months ago Gaetane Gonzales Albuquerque, NM
8660 4 months ago Brian Willey Austin, TX
8659 4 months ago althea farrell new orleans, LA
8658 4 months ago T S Hendersonville, NC
8657 4 months ago Mustafa Elfarra Lake Forest, CA
8656 4 months ago Anonymous Dallas, TX
8655 4 months ago Traci Turner Dorchester, MA
8654 4 months ago Shyemaa Shehata Irvine , CA
8653 4 months ago Rosemarie Overstreet Indianapolis, IN
8652 4 months ago Pauline Garber NYC, NY
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