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.
8809 9 months ago Gabriel Lautaro Oakland, CA
8808 9 months ago Libby Haycock Shirley, MA
8807 10 months ago Jessica McGuire Indianapolis, IN
8806 10 months ago Stephanie Bourdelle Sheffield, VT So many southern states/prison systems abusing those of color/non-white races. Many of those incarcerated are for minor infractions. The private prisons are also abusive. End UNPAID slavery now, ...
8805 10 months ago John Jackson Bonifay, FL
8804 10 months ago Neville Bruce Anchorage, AK
8803 10 months ago Juanita Henry Benton Harbor, MI
8802 10 months ago Ralph Ricardo Powder Springs, GA
8801 10 months ago Marlene Ortega ontario, CA
8800 10 months ago Margaret Rogers Redwood City, CA
8799 10 months ago Merrill Dellas Santa Rosa, CA
8798 10 months ago Barry Abel Cambridge, MA
8797 10 months ago Steven Profit Charleston, SC America can't call itself the leader of the free world while still allowing--nay, encouraging--this abhorrent breach of human rights to continue to sully our national character.
8796 10 months ago Randy Childers Merriam, KS
8795 10 months ago Lisha Adams Branchville, VA
8794 10 months ago Anonymous rio rancho, NM
8793 10 months ago Jack David Marcus New York, NY
8792 10 months ago John Herron Bronx, NY
8791 10 months ago Dennis La Frinere Glendora, CA Novus ordo seclorum. Ibi erit fletus et ibi magna erit stridor dentium. Non credis refert aut si non believes.Ex chaos in ordinem esse. Adiuva no Deus.
8790 10 months ago Cathie Donahue San Jose, CA
8789 10 months ago LynnMeta Williams Wakefield, VA All forms of slavery are abominable, including this "exception clause". Failure to abrogate this clause is inexcusable.
8788 10 months ago Kimberly Seater Seattle, WA
8787 10 months ago Anonymous lakewood, CO
8786 10 months ago Susanna Purucker Miami, FL
8785 10 months ago Matt Lerner Montclair, NJ
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