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.


201-225 of 8852 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
8652 4 months ago Pauline Garber NYC, NY
8651 4 months ago Corinne Lofchie Waltham , MA
8650 4 months ago Anonymous Sprimont, ot
8649 4 months ago Steven Kern Westerly, RI
8648 4 months ago Christi Rodgers Dallas, TX
8647 4 months ago Luana Abreu Ribeirão Preto, ot
8646 4 months ago Philip de Carlo Hazlet Township, NJ
8645 4 months ago Mariamne Eliopoulos Boulder, CO
8644 4 months ago richard futrell miamisburg, OH
8643 4 months ago clark crowe Detroit, MI
8642 4 months ago Noa Shapiro-Tamir Ithaca, NY
8641 4 months ago Nancy Currah Casper WY, WY This should have been illegal the minute they decided crime was profitable for private prisons. A DISGRACE TO ALL WHO PRIVATIZED IT.
It is 100% CORRUPT AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT.
8640 4 months ago Penni Wells Des Moines, IA
8639 4 months ago Jonathan Kaufman Alameda, CA I grew up where people fought and died to keep people from being enslaved because their ethnicity made them convenient targets. I do not support legalized slavery now.
8638 4 months ago JACQUELINE SHEPPERSON Richmond, VA
8637 4 months ago Heather Ervin Chicago, IL
8636 4 months ago Anita Wills San Leandro, CA
8635 4 months ago Anonymous Floral Park, NY
8634 4 months ago Justine Hughes Lakewood, OH
8633 4 months ago Jim & Eva Manly Nanaimo, BC
8632 4 months ago Frances Raab Quakertown, PA
8631 4 months ago Anonymous Ashtabula, OH Pay them so that when they get released they have something to start with. They will be our neighbors. Hawaii has figured some of this out and is thinking forward.
8630 4 months ago John Dervin Apopka, FL
8629 4 months ago Travis Tindall Whitman, MA
8628 4 months ago Ranjit Chacko San Francisco, CA
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