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.
8908 4 months ago Cindy Jefferys Thorndale, TX
8907 5 months ago Alexis Maestre-Saborit Fort Myers, FL
8906 6 months ago Connor Underwood Colorado Springs, CO
8905 9 months ago Ayesha Hamilton Summit, NJ
8904 10 months ago John Dolley Austin, Texas, TX Let's bring the PP's & disadvantaged and vulnerable Elders and ALL wrongfully convicted Home!!
8903 12 months ago Dawn West Paterson, NJ
8902 1 year ago Raoul Cocard Nürnberg, DE+02
8901 1 year ago Brianna McCray Atlanta, GA
8900 1 year ago Frank Emrick III Palmer, AK
8899 1 year ago Susana Murillo Escondidi, CA
8898 1 year 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 1 year ago Lakia Shavon Lightner-Padgett East Hartford , CT Sadly enough America has enslaved people. Why keep minorities in bondage in 2021.
8896 1 year ago Marjorie Gray Greenbelt, MD
8895 1 year ago David Koenig Williamsburg, VA
8894 1 year ago Kelsey Jones San Luis Obispo, CA
8893 1 year ago Meaghan Geiger Orting, WA
8892 1 year ago Adam Royer North Hollywood, CA
8891 1 year ago Robert Thomsen-Friedman Santa Clarita, CA
8890 1 year 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 year ago Darren Mack Bronx, NY I support the abolishment of prison slavery.
8888 1 year ago Treasure Stewart Greenwood, MS
8887 2 years ago Anonymous Seattle, WA
8886 2.2 years ago Anonymous Pompano Beach , FL
8885 2.3 years ago Sylvia Guajardo San Antonio , TX This is long overdue.
8884 2.3 years ago Anonymous Hadley, MA
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