Lawmakers mark Juneteenth by reviving ‘abolition amendment’

As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, lawmakers revived calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that has allowed another form of slavery to endure.
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As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, lawmakers revived calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that has allowed another form of slavery to endure.

National lawmakers reintroduced legislation Thursday to revise the 13th Amendment, which bans enslavement or involuntary servitude except as a form of criminal punishment.

That exception, recognized since 1865, has led to the common practice of forced labor for those convicted of crimes.

Social justice advocates say it created generations of Black families touched by mass incarceration and poverty. Juneteenth honors the end of the enslavement of Black people.

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