As Juneteenth marks the end of slavery, lawmakers turn their focus to forced prison labor

The Washington Post | June 1, 2021

Scholars have debated the intentions behind the 13th Amendment’s allowance of forced servitude for people convicted of crimes. But Michele Goodwin, a University of California at Irvine [Chancellor’s] law professor …. said the issue has gained traction in recent years. Colorado was the first state to repeal its constitution’s exception in 2018. I think that we’re still at the point where we still have to really explain it,” the law professor said Saturday. But she sees momentum. I think it’s prime time,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here:]

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