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.
8802 3 months ago Ralph Ricardo Powder Springs, GA
8801 4 months ago Marlene Ortega ontario, CA
8800 4 months ago Margaret Rogers Redwood City, CA
8799 4 months ago Merrill Dellas Santa Rosa, CA
8798 4 months ago Barry Abel Cambridge, MA
8797 4 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 4 months ago Randy Childers Merriam, KS
8795 4 months ago Shaunta Dawson Branchville , VA
8794 4 months ago Anonymous Rio Rancho, NM
8793 4 months ago Jack David Marcus New York, NY
8792 4 months ago John Herron Lugano, NY
8791 4 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 4 months ago Cathie Donahue San Jose, CA
8789 4 months ago LynnMeta Williams Wakefield, VA All forms of slavery are abominable, including this "exception clause". Failure to abrogate this clause is inexcusable.
8788 4 months ago Kimberly Seater Seattle, WA
8787 4 months ago Anonymous lakewood, CO
8786 4 months ago S P Miami Beach, FL
8785 4 months ago Matt Lerner Montclair, NJ
8784 4 months ago Richard Gawthrop Franklin, IN No more chain gangs!
8783 4 months ago Tanya Gray Killeen, TX
8782 4 months ago Carter Mclaughlin San jose, CA
8781 4 months ago Helgaleena Healingline Monona, WI
8780 4 months ago Nicole Waldron Mountain view, CA Slavery is slavery.
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8779 4 months ago Carol Murray Philadelphia, PA
8778 4 months ago Wendy Little OC., OR
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