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The 13th amendment is the a change in the constitution which makes it unconstitutional for someone to be held a slave .This was the change in the constitution that freed the African Americans from servitude and slavery. “Neither slavery nor servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted…”(Library of congress 2016). However the statement uses the word except which means there is a way around it. This loophole is used to oppress and detain those which it had set free. Some people argue that the exception to the 13th amendment is a way for America to continue a form of slavery and racial persecution. Another point is how America uses the criminal justice system to “blacklist” african americans, “incarceration is really an extension of slavery and a form of racialized control”(Martian 2016). The US is home to 5% of the world’s population but home to 25% of the world’s prisoners. 56% of the total number of incarcerated individuals is made up of Black and Hispanic people.(NAACP 2018). Now after being released the felons are not able to vote or have a say in political matters because of felony disenfranchisement. The American government uses the justice system to restrict African Americans. The government uses small crimes so the could make money off the slave labor of the inmates. Private Prison Use the inmates to turn up profit for the owners. In florida at the Union correctional Facility the inmates manufacture tons of processed, chicken and pork Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, PRIDE a privately held “non-profit” corporation (Elk and Sloan 2011). This statement enlightens Americans on how the justice system uses inmates for their own benefits.In Conclusion this loophole is used to oppress and detain those which it had set free. The exception to the 13th amendment is a way for America to continue a form of slavery and racial persecution and make a profit from those they incarcerate. They took the exception to the 13th amendment and used to its full intended advantage.

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