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.
8665 1 year ago Darlin' Boudreau Auburn, WA
8664 1 year ago Debora Winn Chatham, NY
8663 1 year 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 1 year ago Garrick Balk South Elgin, IL
8661 1 year ago Gaetane Gonzales Albuquerque, NM
8660 1 year ago Brian Willey Austin, TX
8659 1 year ago althea farrell new orleans, LA
8658 1 year ago Takisha Settle Hendersonville, NC
8657 1 year ago Mustafa Elfarra Lake Forest, CA
8656 1 year ago Anonymous Dallas, TX
8655 1 year ago Traci Turner Dorchester, MA
8654 1 year ago Shyemaa Shehata Irvine, CA
8653 1 year ago Rosemarie Overstreet Indianapolis, IN
8652 1 year ago Pauline Garber NYC, NY
8651 1 year ago Corinne Lofchie Waltham , MA
8650 1 year ago Anonymous Sprimont, ot
8649 1 year ago Steve Kern Westerly, RI
8648 1 year ago Christi Rodgers Dallas, TX
8647 1 year ago Luana Abreu Ribeirão Preto, ot
8646 1 year ago Philip de Carlo Keansburg, NJ
8645 1 year ago Mariamne Eliopoulos Boulder, CO
8644 1 year ago richard futrell Miamisburg, OH
8643 1 year ago clark crowe detroit, MI
8642 1 year ago Noa Shapiro-Tamir Ithaca, NY
8641 1 year 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.
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