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.
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.
It is 100% CORRUPT AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT.
8640 1 year ago Penni Wells Des Moines, IA
8639 1 year 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 1 year ago JACQUELINE SHEPPERSON Richmond, VA
8637 1 year ago Heather Ervin Chicago, IL
8636 1 year ago Anita Wills San Leandro , CA
8635 1 year ago Anonymous Floral Park, NY
8634 1 year ago Justine Hughes Lakewood, OH
8633 1 year ago Jim & Eva Manly Nanaimo, B.C., BC
8632 1 year ago Frances Raab Quakertown , PA
8631 1 year 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 1 year ago John Dervin Apopka, FL
8629 1 year ago Travis Tindall Whitman, MA
8628 1 year ago Ranjit Chacko San Francisco, CA
8627 1 year ago Jane Exum Cerritos, CA
8626 1 year ago Leuise Crumble Chicago, IL
8625 1 year ago Barbara O'Dea Port Jefferson, NY
8624 1 year ago Peter Cervantes-Gautschi Beavercreek, OR
8623 1 year 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 1 year ago Jerry Ravnitzky Mahopac, NY
8621 1 year ago Sally Wagner Bigfork, MT
8620 1 year ago Lee Waters Raytown , MO
8619 1 year ago Robin Alpern Peekskill, NY
8618 1 year ago Danny Trask Vallejo, CA
8617 1 year ago Helena Kirkwood Albuquerque, NM #PrisonReform
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