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.
8903 1 month ago Dawn West Paterson, NJ
8902 5 months ago Raoul Cocard New Orleans , LA
8901 7 months ago Brianna McCray Atlanta, GA
8900 10 months ago Frank Emrick III Palmer, AK
8899 10 months ago Susana Murillo Escondidi, CA
8898 10 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 10 months ago Lakia Shavon Lightner-Padgett East Hartford , CT Sadly enough America has enslaved people. Why keep minorities in bondage in 2021.
8896 10 months ago Marjorie Gray Greenbelt, MD
8895 10 months ago David Koenig Williamsburg, VA
8894 10 months ago Kelsey Jones San Luis Obispo, CA
8893 10 months ago Meaghan Geiger Orting, WA
8892 10 months ago Adam Royer North Hollywood, CA
8891 11 months ago Robert Thomsen-Friedman Santa Clarita, CA
8890 11 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 11 months ago Darren Mack Bronx, NY I support the abolishment of prison slavery.
8888 11 months ago Treasure Stewart Greenwood, MS
8887 1 year 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
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