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.
8632 7 months ago Frances Raab Quakertown, PA
8631 7 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 7 months ago John Dervin Apopka, FL
8629 7 months ago Travis Tindall Whitman, MA
8628 7 months ago Ranjit Chacko San Francisco, CA
8627 7 months ago Jane Exum Cerritos, CA
8626 7 months ago Leuise Crumble Chicago, IL
8625 7 months ago Barbara O'Dea Port Jefferson, NY
8624 7 months ago Peter Cervantes-Gautschi Beavercreek, OR
8623 7 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 7 months ago Jerry Ravnitzky Mahopac, NY
8621 7 months ago Sally Wagner Bigfork@@, MT
8620 7 months ago Lee Waters Raytown , MO
8619 7 months ago Robin Alpern Peekskill, NY
8618 7 months ago Danny Trask Vallejo, CA
8617 7 months ago Helena Kirkwood Albuquerque, NM #PrisonReform
8616 7 months ago Rebecca Bierbaum Alton, IL
8615 7 months ago Candice Schellenger Reno, NV
8614 7 months ago Candice Schellenger Reno, NV
8613 7 months ago Angela Miller Temperance, MI
8612 7 months ago Joanne McGrath Sylva, NC
8611 7 months ago Douglas Olson Brainerd, MN
8610 7 months ago Amy Moreno Porterville, CA
8609 7 months ago Marian Carter West Covina, CA
8608 7 months ago Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro Durham, CT
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