Ban Slavery in Our State

Twenty U.S. states' constitutions, including the Constitution of our state, contain the same shortcoming found in the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

They permit slavery, or in the case of Louisiana, "involuntary servitude," as punishment for a crime. More info here.

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Note: Rhode Island has banned slavery in its Constitution since 1843. Twenty-seven states' constitutions don't mention slavery. Vermont's Constitution allows slavery for people under 21 years old or consenting to it or enslaved for payment of debts, damages, fines, or costs. These are the 20 states that allow slavery as punishment for crime: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregeon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. The state of Colorado has removed itself from that list.

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