Jailed for $280: The return of debtors’ prisons

This is a new twist on an old story but beware, at least for the present, it is only happening in four states.

‘…lawmakers target practice of jailing debtors Welcome to debtors’ prison: What’s in your wallet can land you in jail

Under the law, debtors aren’t arrested for nonpayment, but rather for failing to respond to court hearings, pay legal fines, or otherwise showing “contempt of court” in connection with a creditor lawsuit. That loophole has lawmakers in the Illinois House of Representatives concerned enough to pass a bill in March that would make it illegal to send residents of the state to jail if they can’t pay a debt. The measure awaits action in the senate.

“Creditors have been manipulating the court system to extract money from the unemployed, veterans, even seniors who rely solely on their benefits to get by each month,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said last month in a statement voicing support for the legislation. “Too many people have been thrown in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay their debts. We cannot allow these illegal abuses to continue.”…’

Mind you that the article is talking about contempt of court and not debtors prison or jails. It is contempt of court for no shows. Bill collectors moving the case to court is nothing more than upping the pressure not so much on the individual as it is an overall scare tactic.

Read the entire article for the full story: Jailed for $280: The return of debtors’ prisons

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