Thirteenth Amendment

“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.”

  • Slavery being defined as being forced to work without being compensated.
  • “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,” – If you are convicted of a crime, and are sentenced to community service, such slavery is legal.  This also applies if while in prison, and you are requested or mandated to perform outside labor; since you are serving time after being convicted of a crime, slavery is still allowed in this context.
  • “or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” – Refers to any area considered a jurisdiction of the United States and territories, including military installations, and embassies.
  • This amendment effectively abolished slavery in the United States.
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