Many 25% of the world’s prisoners.An Opening in the

Many believe that slavery was ended by the 13th amendment. Others believe that slavery was transformed into prison incarceration of the american people to replace the forced labor of slavery. From examining the documentary ’13th’, as well as the articles from the Atlantic and NPR I believe that it’s true that incarceration is a replacement for slavery and it’s a continuing problem that has been around for many decades. The United States currently holds 5% of the world’s population. Yet holds 25% of the world’s prisoners.An Opening in the ConstitutionStarting with a loophole in the 13th amendment of the constitution stating that  “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof, the party shall have been dutifully convicted, shall exist in the United States, or any place subject to its Jurisdiction” (The Library of Congress, 2017). This allowed black codes and Jim Crow laws which were used to arrest and incarcerate blacks for petty crimes. PropagandaThen we have Birth of a Nation which was a movie that came out in 1915 which depicted blacks as animals and criminals and helped to revived the K.K.K. which is a hate group focused on blacks and minorities. The K.K.K. was glorified and romanticized in the movie were as Blacks were depicted as wild animals that were a threat to whites in general and whites women specifically. New Laws to EnslaveThe war on drugs started by the Nixon administration in the early 1970’s increased the rate of arrests and jail populations to 397,292 (DuVernay, 2016). John Ehrlichman even stated “You want to know what this was really about. The Nixon campaign in 1969, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar lefts and blacks people. You understand what i’m saying. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to either be against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and than incrimializing them both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, breakup their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news, Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” (Ehrlichman, 1994). This war on drugs was made larger by the Reagan administration in the early 1980’s. At that time crack cocaine began to boom in major American cities, especially with the black population. Reagan Called it an “uncontrolled fire” (DuVernay, 2016) and established Mandatory Sentencing. During this time prison populations increased to 513,900.Increasing Profits Through New LawsToday we are seeing continued growth in the prison population because of new laws being created with the assistance of the group ALEC who are political representatives and corporation representatives joined together for the financial benefit of them both at the expense of the American people.  At this point focus is moved to also include immigrants and not just our black population. ALEC was able many laws that help arrest blacks and immigrants, laws like ‘3 Strikes’ ‘Stand Your Ground Law” and ‘SB 1070’. These laws made it easy for cops and whites citizens to arrest or kill blacks and hispanics. ConclusionIn conclusion, i believe that the facts are overwhelming slavery, still exist in america but in the form of prison incarceration and that the justice system needs to take responsibility. There are over 1,505,400 people incarcerated in american prisons right now and still growing. Who will be next?