Section 1 of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution reads as follows:
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” (emphasis added)
In other words, as Liske explains, “according to this so-called ‘punishment clause,’ if you get pulled over with the wrong controlled substance in your trunk, there’s nothing in the 13th Amendment to ensure you can’t be considered a slave of the state.”
Liske documents why this is so troubling in his op-ed piece for USA Today.
John Stonestreet urges us to share Liske's article with our elected representatives. Please do so by going to Open Congress, entering your zip code to find out who your Representative and Senators are in Congress, going to the provided link to at least one of them, clicking on the link to "Contact Web Form" in the upper right of his/her page, and filling in the details to send them this link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/14/slavery-legal-exception-prisoners-drugs-reform-column/14086227/ and tell them to "Please support the elimination of the punishment clause from the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."
Thanks for engaging daily!