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.
8816 1 year ago Ambrosia Danu Carson City, NV
8815 1 year ago Anonymous Vero Beach, FL The incarcerated should receive "time off" sentences for hours of labor served.
8814 1 year ago Stephen Oder Corvallis, OR They should be paid for this. Minimum wage, maybe. But pay them.
8813 1 year ago Martha Jackson Seattle, WA
8812 1 year ago Nancy Anna Minneapolis, MN
8811 1 year ago Tiz Molde Alhambra , CA
8810 1 year ago tevet tee Los Angeles, CA In 2017, there should be NO slavery on earth.
8809 1 year ago Gabriel Lautaro Oakland , CA
8808 1 year ago Libby Haycock Shirley, MA
8807 1 year ago Jessica McGuire Indianapolis, IN
8806 1 year 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 1 year ago John Jackson Bonifay, FL
8804 1 year ago Neville Bruce Anchorage, AK
8803 1 year ago Juanita Henry Benton Harbor, MI
8802 1 year ago Ralph Ricardo Powder Springs, GA
8801 1 year ago Marlene Ortega ontario, CA
8800 1 year ago Margaret Rogers Redwood City, CA
8799 1 year ago Merrill Dellas Santa Rosa, CA
8798 1 year ago Barry Abel Cambridge, MA
8797 1 year 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 1 year ago Randy Childers Merriam, KS
8795 1 year ago Shaunta Dawson Branchville, VA
8794 1 year ago Anonymous rio rancho, NM
8793 1 year ago Jack David Marcus New York, NY
8792 1 year ago John Herron Bronx, NY
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