Lawmakers propose banning involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime

Lawmakers plan to introduce a joint resolution that would remove language from the 13th Amendment allowing involuntary servitude to take place as punishment for a crime.

The proposal is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, and has the support of Democrats in the House and Senate.

The 13th Amendment of the Constitution currently reads: “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 resolution aims to eliminate the punishment
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