Tell Congress it is time to end slavery once and for all! Amend the legal flaws in the 13th Amendment authorizing prison slavery. Stop profiteering in its tracks - for the laborer deserves his wages.
There are currently 271 signatures. NEW goal - We need 300 signatures!
The 13th Amendment of the US Constitution still allows slavery, creating increasing populations of caged people who provide free or near-free labor to the stockholders of the Prison Industrial Complex, the builders and profiteers of mass incarceration. As a result, American jobs are lost and job-seekers are victimized because private industry cannot compete with low-cost and unpaid labor.
In 1865, The 13th Amendment ended slavery and involuntary servitude: "....except as a punishment for crime." Thus, Legal Slavery continues past 1865. Prisoners as ‘slaves of the state' provide free-labor profits for corporations and their investors..."
* A Year in a California Prison Costs More Than a Year at Harvard.
* 2.4 million are incarcerated in the U.S.
* Private Prisons: The secretive $5 billion industry growing under Trump.
* NAACP: African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested, 42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases are judicially waived to criminal court.
* 3,000 American children have been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
* 10,000 children housed in American adult jails are daily subjected to sexual assault.
* ACLU: Sentences imposed on Black males are 20% longer than for white males of similar crimes.
* SROs or policemen posted in public schools arrest children without notification to parents and without ‘due process’ legal representation.
* Mandatory Sentencing Laws lock up people for 481 years.
But the companies have enjoyed a lucrative relationship with the federal government. Since 1997, they’ve been paid billions by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to annually house more than 34,000 federal inmates. It was a convenient arrangement for a nation with the world’s highest prison population, underpinned by a belief that private corporations could do the job cheaper and better. READ MORE
Private prison stocks up 100% since Trump's win
Thanks to President Donald Trump, America's private prisons appear to be entering a gold age.
The stocks of the two biggest private prison operators -- CoreCivic (formerly know as Corrections Corp. of America) and Geo Group -- have doubled since election day. CoreCivic (CXW) is up 140% since Trump won in November; Geo Group (GEO) has risen 98%. READ MORE