Fact check: Southern states used convict leasing to force Black people into unpaid labor

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Initial assertions in the June 15 Facebook post reference several Southern states leasing convicts after ratification of the 13th Amendment ended slavery. Nine states — Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina — are mentioned.

These states did use a convict leasing system after the Civil War. Some states, like Louisiana, also used convict leasing pre-war, but the numbers exploded after slavery ended.

The convict leasing system exploited a clause in the 13th Amendment to provide a basis for involuntary servitude.

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 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.”

Source: MSN

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