Lawmakers mark Juneteenth by reviving ‘abolition amendment’

  • Members of the Maricopa County DUI chain gang are escorted to their assignment in Phoenix on Dec. 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring the end of the enslavement of Black people, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allowed another form of slavery — forced labor for those convicted of some crimes — to thrive.