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.
8792 2.1 years ago John Herron Bronx, NY
8791 2.1 years ago Dennis La Frinere Glendora, CA Novus ordo seclorum. Ibi erit fletus et ibi magna erit stridor dentium. Non credis refert aut si non believes.Ex chaos in ordinem esse. Adiuva no Deus.
8790 2.1 years ago Cathie Donahue San Jose, CA
8789 2.1 years ago LynnMeta Williams Wakefield, VA All forms of slavery are abominable, including this "exception clause". Failure to abrogate this clause is inexcusable.
8788 2.1 years ago Kimberly Seater Seattle, WA
8787 2.1 years ago Anonymous lakewood, CO
8786 2.1 years ago Susanna Purucker Miami, FL
8785 2.1 years ago Matt Lerner Montclair, NJ
8784 2.1 years ago Richard Gawthrop Franklin, IN No more chain gangs!
8783 2.1 years ago Tanya Gray Killeen , TX
8782 2.1 years ago Carter Mclaughlin San jose, CA
8781 2.1 years ago Helgaleena Healingline Monona, WI
8780 2.1 years ago Nicole Waldron Mountain View, CA Slavery is slavery.
Pay people for their work!
8779 2.1 years ago Carol Murray Philadelphia, PA
8778 2.1 years ago Wendy Little Gladstone, OR
8777 2.1 years ago Glenn Long Dallas, TX
8776 2.1 years ago D Ashurst Corning, CA
8775 2.1 years ago Anonymous San Diego, CA
8774 2.1 years ago Lynn Merle Vineland, NJ
8773 2.1 years ago Kim Baker Cedar Falls, IA
8772 2.1 years ago Lindsay Conklin howell, MI
8771 2.1 years ago Dan Lawler Los Angeles, CA
8770 2.1 years ago Bonny Jean Austin Auburn, WA
8769 2.1 years ago Catherine Leach Springfield, OR
8768 2.1 years ago Katherine Gilbert 20815, MD
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