San Francisco Supervisors Support End to ‘Involuntary Servitude’ in California Prisons

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee voted for a resolution Thursday supporting a ban on involuntary servitude in California prisons.

Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 3 would put an end to the enlistment of prison inmates to fight wildfires, clean jail cells, cook meals, and make vehicle license plates for little pay. The amendment was authored by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles). To qualify for the ballot, it would need two-thirds majority support from both the Assembly and the state Senate.

“This directly impacts the tens of thousands of people currently incarcerated in California prisons and detention centers who are disproportionately Black and Brown,” said Supervisor Matt Haney, who sponsored the resolution supporting Kalmager’s effort. “Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, California inmates have been forced to work for as low as eight cents per hour.”

Riverside County Supervisor Manny Perez plans to introduce a similar resolution supporting the amendment on March 9.


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