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.
8634 10 months ago Justine Hughes Lakewood, OH
8633 10 months ago Jim & Eva Manly Nanaimo, B.C., BC
8632 10 months ago Frances Raab Quakertown , PA
8631 10 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 10 months ago John Dervin Apopka, FL
8629 10 months ago Travis Tindall Whitman, MA
8628 10 months ago Ranjit Chacko San Francisco, CA
8627 10 months ago Jane Exum Cerritos, CA
8626 10 months ago Leuise Crumble Chicago, IL
8625 10 months ago Barbara O'Dea Port Jefferson, NY
8624 10 months ago Peter Cervantes-Gautschi Beavercreek, OR
8623 10 months ago Anonymous Slidell, LA Why do people go back to jail again and again? It can't be because they enjoy being exploited. Clinging to 19th Century notions of justice is wrong.
8622 10 months ago Jerry Ravnitzky Mahopac, NY
8621 10 months ago Sally Wagner Bigfork, MT
8620 10 months ago Lee Waters Raytown , MO
8619 10 months ago Robin Alpern PEEKSKILL, NY
8618 10 months ago Danny Trask Vallejo, CA
8617 10 months ago Helena Kirkwood Albuquerque, NM #PrisonReform
8616 10 months ago Rebecca Bierbaum Alton, IL
8615 10 months ago Candice Schellenger Reno, NV
8614 10 months ago Candice Schellenger Reno, NV
8613 10 months ago Angela Miller Temperance, MI
8612 10 months ago Joanne McGrath Sylva, NC
8611 10 months ago Douglas Olson Brainerd, MN
8610 10 months ago Amy Moreno Porterville, CA
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