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.
8891 1 week ago Robert Thomsen-Friedman Santa Clarita, CA
8890 1 week 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 week ago Darren Mack Bronx, NY I support the abolishment of prison slavery.
8888 1 month ago Treasure Stewart Greenwood, MS
8887 4 months ago Anonymous Seattle, WA
8886 6 months ago Anonymous Pompano Beach , FL
8885 7 months ago Sylvia Guajardo San Antonio , TX This is long overdue.
8884 7 months ago Anonymous Hadley, MA
8883 7 months ago Nicole Judge Jamestown, CO
8882 7 months ago Madeline Rubin Denver, CO
8881 7 months ago Jennifer Ramirez Englewood, CO
8880 7 months ago Laurie Rochardt Lyons, CO
8879 7 months ago Scott Walter Williamsburg, VA
8878 7 months ago Madeline Bogen Manhattan, KS
8877 7 months ago LaMont Washington Katy, TX
8876 7 months ago Anonymous Richmond, TX
8875 7 months ago Marisol Marquez Houston, TX
8874 7 months ago Anonymous Sugar Land, TX
8873 7 months ago Ryan Heathcock Stafford, TX
8872 7 months ago Sarah Stefanik Edina, MN
8871 8 months ago Mary Tauras LOWELL, MA This is the modern day abolitionist movement. We are on the side of human rights and dignity, and against corporate use of black, brown and poor bodies without their ability to advocate for themselv...
8870 8 months ago Brian Watson Bremerton, WA
8869 9 months ago Darren Mitton Danielsville, GA
8868 1 year ago Jessica Berger Easthampton, MA We much make slavery illegal now!
8867 1 year ago Ivan Bailen Louisville, KY
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