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Lawmakers Trying to Close Loophole Allowing Forced Prison Labor

On “Black News Tonight,” host Marc Lamont Hill opens the show with today’s top trending stories. As the nation celebrates its newest national holiday, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allows forced labor for those convicted of a crime. They are hoping to revise the 13th Amendment, which bans enslavement or involuntary servitude, except as a form of criminal punishment. The exception, which has been around since 1865, has led to the common practice of forced prison labor. Social justice advocates say the loophole affected generations of Black families through mass incarceration and poverty.

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