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." Formally abolishing slavery in the United States, the 13th Amendment was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.
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The prison industrial complex has been one of the great success stories of the last few decades—if “success” can stretch to mean more than tripling the number of Americans locked up. As conservatives privatized prisons in the name of “efficiency” and cost savings, it’s turned into a huge source of profit for those who operate facilities.
It’s made some areas so dependent on the kickbacks from prisons that locking up fewer people is a threat to the economy. A threat great enough to actually encourage locking people up for minor offenses.
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