What's more shocking is that right now the US has more people behind bars than any country on earth including Russia and China.
In fact, one of of every four human beings on earth who is imprisoned is in a US facility. Look it up.
That's a horror show taking place right now and it barely merits comment.
Everyone believes that Lincoln and the Civil War outlawed SLAVERY. Did it?
Section 1. 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.
Amazingly, a vast network of legalized slave labor based on imprisoning blacks for petty and made up crimes existed in broad daylight in the South up until 1945, the reality of which is only just now coming to light.
The primary function of the independent juror is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens accused of breaking various laws, but rather to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical abuses of power by government.
The Constitution guarantees you the right to trial by jury. This means that government must bring its case before a jury of THE PEOPLE if government wants to deprive any person of life, liberty, or property. Jurors can say no to government tyranny by refusing to convict.