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.
8900 1 week ago Frank Emrick III Palmer, AK
8899 2 weeks ago Susana Murillo Escondidi, CA
8898 2 weeks ago John Randell Martin Manchester , CT I was born a Black man and dealt with racism and oppression. As a descendant of slaves. I want to advocate for the unjust laws of America.
8897 2 weeks ago Lakia Shavon Lightner-Padgett East Hartford , CT Sadly enough America has enslaved people. Why keep minorities in bondage in 2021.
8896 2 weeks ago Marjorie Gray Greenbelt, MD
8895 2 weeks ago David Koenig Williamsburg, VA
8894 1 month ago Kelsey Jones San Luis Obispo, CA
8893 1 month ago Meaghan Geiger Orting, WA
8892 1 month ago Adam Royer North Hollywood, CA
8891 1 month ago Robert Thomsen-Friedman Santa Clarita, CA
8890 1 month ago Madison Tang Moscow, ID I support the abolition of legalized prison slavery in the United States. The incarceration rate of the U.S. is and remains the highest in the world. The U.S. is the only nation on the planet which ...
8889 1 month ago Darren Mack Bronx, NY I support the abolishment of prison slavery.
8888 2 months ago Treasure Stewart Greenwood, MS
8887 5 months ago Anonymous Seattle, WA
8886 8 months ago Anonymous Pompano Beach , FL
8885 8 months ago Sylvia Guajardo San Antonio , TX This is long overdue.
8884 8 months ago Anonymous Hadley, MA
8883 8 months ago Nicole Judge Jamestown, CO
8882 8 months ago Madeline Rubin Denver, CO
8881 8 months ago Jennifer Ramirez Englewood, CO
8880 8 months ago Laurie Rochardt Lyons, CO
8879 8 months ago Scott Walter Williamsburg, VA
8878 9 months ago Madeline Bogen Manhattan, KS
8877 9 months ago LaMont Washington Katy, TX
8876 9 months ago Anonymous Richmond, TX
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