Return of the debtors’ prison

Return of the debtors’ prison: How debt collectors in a THIRD of states are throwing poor citizens behind bars for owing just $280

“Debt collectors in states including Missouri and Alabama are using legal loopholes to lock up poor citizens who can’t pay their debts. Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan has attacked the revival of the ‘debtors’ prisons’ – something most people associate with Dickens novels.’Too many people have been thrown in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay their debts,’ Madigan said. ‘We cannot allow these illegal abuses to continue.’

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