Across the US, prisoners are required to work for little to no pay and are punished if they refuse. Is prison labor comparable to slave labor?
13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
“The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declared that ‘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.’”
The Atlantic: American Slavery, Reinvented
“The Thirteenth Amendment forbade slavery and involuntary servitude, ‘except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.’”
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