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.
8902 3 weeks ago Raoul Cocard New Orleans , LA
8901 3 months ago Brianna McCray Atlanta, GA
8900 6 months ago Frank Emrick III Palmer, AK
8899 6 months ago Susana Murillo Escondidi, CA
8898 6 months 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 6 months ago Lakia Shavon Lightner-Padgett East Hartford , CT Sadly enough America has enslaved people. Why keep minorities in bondage in 2021.
8896 6 months ago Marjorie Gray Greenbelt, MD
8895 6 months ago David Koenig Williamsburg, VA
8894 6 months ago Kelsey Jones San Luis Obispo, CA
8893 6 months ago Meaghan Geiger Orting, WA
8892 7 months ago Adam Royer North Hollywood, CA
8891 7 months ago Robert Thomsen-Friedman Santa Clarita, CA
8890 7 months 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 7 months ago Darren Mack Bronx, NY I support the abolishment of prison slavery.
8888 8 months ago Treasure Stewart Greenwood, MS
8887 11 months ago Anonymous Seattle, WA
8886 1 year ago Anonymous Pompano Beach , FL
8885 1 year ago Sylvia Guajardo San Antonio , TX This is long overdue.
8884 1 year ago Anonymous Hadley, MA
8883 1 year ago Nicole Judge Jamestown, CO
8882 1 year ago Madeline Rubin Denver, CO
8881 1 year ago Jennifer Ramirez Englewood, CO
8880 1 year ago Laurie Rochardt Lyons, CO
8879 1 year ago Scott Walter Williamsburg, VA
8878 1 year ago Madeline Bogen Manhattan, KS
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