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.
8784 10 months ago Dr. Richard Gawthrop Franklin, IN No more chain gangs!
8783 10 months ago Tanya Gray Killeen, TX
8782 10 months ago Carter Mclaughlin San jose, CA
8781 10 months ago Helgaleena Healingline Monona, WI
8780 10 months ago Nicole Waldron Mountain View, CA Slavery is slavery.
Pay people for their work!
8779 10 months ago Carol Murray Philadelphia, PA
8778 10 months ago Wendy Little Oc., OR
8777 10 months ago Glenn Long Dallas, TX
8776 10 months ago D Ashurst Corning, CA
8775 10 months ago Anonymous San Diego, CA
8774 10 months ago Lynn Merle Vineland, NJ
8773 10 months ago Kim Baker Cedar Falls, IA
8772 10 months ago Lindsay Conklin Howell, MI
8771 10 months ago Dan Lawler Los Angeles, CA
8770 10 months ago Bonny Jean Austin Auburn, WA
8769 10 months ago Catherine Leach Springfield, OR
8768 10 months ago Katie Gilbert Chevy Chase, MD
8767 10 months ago Larry Daniell San Jose, CA
8766 10 months ago Carrie Westcott Longmont, CO
8765 10 months ago Clare Farabaugh Dallas, PA
8764 10 months ago ERIKA HAMILTON SAINT LOUIS, MO
8763 10 months ago Trebor Strong N Las Vegas, NV
8762 10 months ago Jennifer O'Neal Studio City, CA
8761 10 months ago Heidi Holloran Makawao, HI
8760 10 months ago Marlene Flaton Brooklyn, NY
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