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.
8661 11 months ago Gaetane Gonzales Albuquerque, NM
8660 11 months ago Brian Willey Austin, TX
8659 11 months ago althea farrell new orleans, LA
8658 11 months ago Takisha Settle Hendersonville, NC
8657 11 months ago Mustafa Elfarra Lake Forest, CA
8656 11 months ago Anonymous Dallas, TX
8655 11 months ago Traci Turner Dorchester, MA
8654 11 months ago Shyemaa Shehata Irvine , CA
8653 11 months ago Rosemarie Overstreet Indianapolis, IN
8652 11 months ago Pauline Garber NYC, NY
8651 11 months ago Corinne Lofchie Waltham , MA
8650 11 months ago Anonymous Sprimont, ot
8649 11 months ago Steve Kern Westerly, RI
8648 11 months ago Christi Rodgers Dallas, TX
8647 11 months ago Luana Abreu Ribeirão Preto, ot
8646 11 months ago Philip de Carlo Hazlet Township, NJ
8645 11 months ago Mariamne Eliopoulos Boulder, CO
8644 11 months ago Richard Futrell MIAMISBURG, OH
8643 11 months ago clark crowe detroit, MI
8642 11 months ago Noa Shapiro-Tamir Ithaca, NY
8641 11 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 11 months ago Penni Wells Des Moines, IA
8639 11 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 11 months ago JACQUELINE SHEPPERSON Richmond, VA
8637 11 months ago Heather Ervin Chicago, IL
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