Thursday, July 06, 2006

13th Amendment Slavery abolition exception: prisoners

The New York Times reports on the Louisiana practice of using prisoners as laborers in private industry. The Thirteenth Amendment, ratified December 18, 1865, provides that --

Section 1. 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.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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