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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8791 1 year 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 1 year ago Cathie Donahue San Jose, CA
8789 1 year ago LynnMeta Williams Wakefield, VA All forms of slavery are abominable, including this "exception clause". Failure to abrogate this clause is inexcusable.
8788 1 year ago Kimberly Seater Seattle, WA
8787 1 year ago Anonymous lakewood, CO
8786 1 year ago Susanna Purucker Miami, FL
8785 1 year ago Matt Lerner Montclair, NJ
8784 1 year ago Richard Gawthrop Franklin, IN No more chain gangs!
8783 1 year ago Tanya Gray Killeen , TX
8782 1 year ago Carter Mclaughlin San jose, CA
8781 1 year ago Helgaleena Healingline Monona, WI
8780 1 year ago Nicole Waldron Mountain View, CA Slavery is slavery.
Pay people for their work!
8779 1 year ago Carol Murray Philasdelpha, PA
8778 1 year ago Wendy Little OC., OR
8777 1 year ago Glenn Long Dallas, TX
8776 1 year ago D Ashurst Corning, CA
8775 1 year ago Anonymous San Diego, CA
8774 1 year ago Lynn Merle Vineland, NJ
8773 1 year ago Kim Baker Cedar Falls, IA
8772 1 year ago Lindsay Conklin Howell, MI
8771 1 year ago Dan Lawler Los Angeles, CA
8770 1 year ago Bonny Jean Austin Auburn, WA
8769 1 year ago Catherine Leach Springfield, OR
8768 1 year ago Katie Gilbert Chevy Chase, MD
8767 1 year ago LAWRENCE DANIELL SAN JOSE, CA
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