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To: Hon. John Whitmire

Abolish slavery in Texas

Most people believe that slavery was abolished in 1865 when Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation. This is simply not true. The emancipation proclamation did free those held in captivity at the time. however slavery was not abolished. Only the terms by which a person could be placed into slavery were modified. This was due to the 13th amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which was inacted that same year. The amendment specifically states, “Neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime where of the party has been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to itheir jurisdiction.. “ In other words, if you are convicted of a crime, you can be placed in slavery.
Out of 50 states, only four states refused to allow inmates to make money in any type of way. Texas is one of those states.
Texas has over 100 prisons. Inmates are forced to work in slaughterhouses, gardens, fields and factories producing goods that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sales for profit. Many of these goods are placed in the prison commissaries to be sold to the very inmates that manufacture them at astronomical prices.
Inmates are forced to go to work in the sweltering heat, then brought inside and locked in warehouse-like buildings with no AC or compensation. Yet if an inmate gets sick, he or she is charged up to $100 for medical care and service that taxpayers are already taxed for.
Some inmates are worked for 10, 20, even 40 years, then put out on the streets with nothing more than $50 and the clothes on their backs. This is why incarceration rates remain high. It’s legal slavery
Slavery and involuntary servitude are alive and well, but with your help we can wipe out these practices once and for all. Let’s get together and do what supposed to have been done back in 1865.iLet’s do the right thing and abolish slavery and involuntary servitude.
This starts with your signature and support. Let the government know that we demand that the practice of forced labor with no compensation be abolished immediately, that inmates be compensated financially for labor like the rest of the United States. This may prevent inmates from becoming a burden on their families or communities upon release, and may prevent releasesees from reverting back to crime out of desperation from lack of financial means, reducing recidivision.
.We are asking that incarcerated individuals be paid for their labor or, In the alternative, we asked, demand, that inmates be given one day off their sentences for each day of work. This would be an incentive for inmates to want to work and stay out of trouble, so they can work, decreasing prison violence. It would be a win win situation for all And the right thing to do!

Why is this important?

we demand that the practice of forced labor with no compensation be abolished immediately, that inmates be compensated financially for labor like the rest of the United States. This may prevent inmates from becoming a burden on their families or communities upon release, and may prevent releasesees from reverting back to crime out of desperation from lack of financial means, reducing recidivision.
.We are asking that incarcerated individuals be paid for their labor or, In the alternative, we asked, demand, that inmates be given one day off their sentences for each day of work. This would be an incentive for inmates to want to work and stay out of trouble, so they can work, decreasing prison violence. It would be a win win situation for all And the right thing to do!

Updates

2022-11-29 04:32:31 -0500

25 signatures reached

2022-11-20 11:47:57 -0500

10 signatures reached