The 13th Amendment didn’t completely abolish slavery. Make a few wrong choices or become the victim of the law enforcer’s high-handed, biased profiling, and its proven you’re likely to be providing labor in conjunction with the penal system earning little or no compensation.
The United States 13th Amendment section 1 states:
“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.”
Ironically, African Americans are significantly overrepresented in the U.S. prison population, comprising more than 60% of the people convicted, and behind bars.
Ways The Criminal Justice System Is Biased Towards Disenfranchised Groups
To summarize Jamal Hagler’s statistical findings towards a biased justice system:
African American are disproportionately affected by the set-up, I mean, the so-called war on drugs.
Americans of African decent, especially males face longer sentences for similar crimes than their non-Hispanic counterparts.
African Americans are more likely stopped, searched, and accused than their Euro-American counterparts
Even Juveniles of darker hue are drastically overrepresented in the justice system.
Additionally, African American citizens are disenfranchised by voting restrictions against the formally incarcerated.
America: Home of the free and broken justice system.