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.
8777 4 months ago Glenn Long Dallas, TX
8776 4 months ago D Ashurst Corning, CA
8775 4 months ago Anonymous San Diego, CA
8774 4 months ago Lynn Merle Vineland, NJ
8773 4 months ago Kim Baker Cedar Falls, IA
8772 4 months ago Lindsay Conklin Howell, MI
8771 4 months ago Dan Lawler Los Angeles, CA
8770 4 months ago Bonny Jean Austin Auburn, WA
8769 4 months ago Catherine Leach Springfield, OR
8768 4 months ago Katherine GIlbert Chevy Chase, MD
8767 4 months ago Larry Daniell San Jose, CA
8766 4 months ago Carrie Westcott Longmont, CO
8765 4 months ago Clare Farabaugh Dallas, PA
8764 4 months ago ERIKA HAMILTON SAINT LOUIS, MO
8763 4 months ago Trebor Strong N Las Vegas, NV
8762 4 months ago Jennifer O'Neal Studio City, CA
8761 4 months ago Heidi Holloran Makawao, HI
8760 4 months ago Marlene Flaton Brooklyn, NY
8759 4 months ago wes howard Hutchins, TX
8758 4 months ago Tina Ann Bolinas, CA
8757 4 months ago Robert Brown Fircrest, WA
8756 4 months ago Brian Sharrer Gotha, FL
8755 4 months ago Anonymous usa, DC #EndMassIncarceration
8754 4 months ago Gloria Foster Canandaigua, NY Slavery is immoral and a money making deal for the very rich. We should not let people off who are rich enough to pay bail money and SHOULD NOT IMPRISON ANYONE WHO IS POOR AND CANNOT PAY BAIL!!!!! ...
8753 4 months ago Teresa Easley Los Angeles, CA Incarceration is now such a big business some southern cities almost went bankrupt when the population was reduced. We need to change this.
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