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.
8834 8 months ago Jan Steckel Oakland, CA
8833 8 months ago Holly McEntyre Sanibel, FL
8832 8 months ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA Abolish slavery in prisons too.
8831 8 months ago stephen armstrong brooklyn, NY
8830 8 months ago Naomi Kumar Germantown, MD
8829 8 months ago Rishi Maharaj Anchorage, AK
8828 8 months ago Carol Wiley Victorville, CA
8827 8 months ago Jesse Reyes Maplewood, NJ
8826 8 months ago teresa saafir Bellflower, CA
8825 8 months ago Gerald Gilford Atlanta, GA
8824 8 months ago Elaine Fischer Roanoke, VA
8823 8 months ago Anonymous Modesto, CA
8822 8 months ago Leila AminSobhani Tempe, AZ
8821 8 months ago Anonymous Dallas, TX
8820 8 months ago Virginia Dwyer Saint Paul, MN
8819 8 months ago Leonard Frank New York, NY
8818 8 months ago Anonymous South Saint Paul , MN End it now
8817 8 months ago tiffany schettle new berlin, WI
8816 8 months ago Ambrosia Danu Carson City, NV
8815 8 months ago Anonymous Vero Beach, FL The incarcerated should receive "time off" sentences for hours of labor served.
8814 9 months ago Stephen Oder Corvallis, OR They should be paid for this. Minimum wage, maybe. But pay them.
8813 9 months ago Martha Jackson Seattle, WA
8812 9 months ago Nancy Anna Minneapolis, MN
8811 9 months ago Tiz Molde Alhambra , CA
8810 9 months ago tevet tee Los Angeles, CA In 2017, there should be NO slavery on earth.
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