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.
8837 11 months ago Amber Frei Middleville, MI
8836 11 months ago Ernest Clarke Corona, CA
8835 11 months ago Yvonne Baab Montpelier, VT
8834 11 months ago Jan Steckel Oakland, CA
8833 11 months ago Holly McEntyre Sanibel, FL
8832 11 months ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA Abolish slavery in prisons too.
8831 11 months ago stephen armstrong brooklyn, NY
8830 11 months ago Naomi Kumar Germantown, MD
8829 11 months ago Rishi Maharaj Anchorage, AK
8828 11 months ago Carol Wiley Victorville, CA
8827 11 months ago Jesse Reyes Maplewood, NJ
8826 11 months ago teresa saafir Bellflower, CA
8825 11 months ago Gerald Gilford Atlanta, GA
8824 11 months ago Elaine Fischer Roanoke, VA
8823 11 months ago Anonymous Modesto, CA
8822 11 months ago Leila AminSobhani Flagstaff, AZ
8821 11 months ago Anonymous Dallas, TX
8820 11 months ago Virginia Dwyer Saint Paul, MN
8819 11 months ago Leonard Frank New York, NY
8818 11 months ago Anonymous South Saint Paul , MN End it now
8817 11 months ago Tiffany Schettle New Berlin, WI
8816 11 months ago Ambrosia Danu Carson City, NV
8815 11 months ago Anonymous Vero Beach, FL The incarcerated should receive "time off" sentences for hours of labor served.
8814 11 months ago Stephen Oder Corvallis, OR They should be paid for this. Minimum wage, maybe. But pay them.
8813 11 months ago Martha Jackson Seattle, WA
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