US Debtors Prisons

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US Debtors Prisons

Post by Kamran » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:33 pm

It seems that In the US, its actually a crime to be poor.

See this interesting report from the ACLU describing the criminalization of private debt. ... ivate-debt

"Turner analyzed over 1,000 cases of civil court-issued arrest warrants for debtors and found that a number of arrests have been made for debts as little as $10, bank errors, and non-existent charges. One in three Americans has been reported to a private collection agency with the majority of cases arising from minority sectors." ... ailed.html

"“Consumers have little chance of justice when our courts take the debt collector’s side in almost every case—even to the point of ordering people jailed until they pay up,” she said."
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Re: US Debtors Prisons

Post by DNS » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:29 pm

Technically, they are not going to jail due to owing debt, but rather the collection agencies are finding a loophole in their favor: They sue them in civil court and then when the defendants don't show up, they ask for a bench-warrant for 'failure-to-appear' which appears to be abusing the system in their favor against the poor.
If the debtor does not appear in court for the
judgment debtor exam, creditors can ask the judge
to issue a civil warrant for the debtor’s arrest. In
the cases the ACLU documented, debtors failed to
appear at hearings for various reasons, most often
because they did not receive notification of the court
date or even of the existence of the lawsuit. Some
were unable to appear because of work, child care
responsibilities, lack of transportation, physical
disability, illness, or dementia.

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Re: US Debtors Prisons

Post by SarathW » Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:24 pm

little as $10, bank errors
This is where the system gets ridiculous.
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Re: US Debtors Prisons

Post by chownah » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:28 am

A debtor's prison is a prison where people WHO ARE UNABLE TO PAY a debt are imprisoned. To the best of my knowledge people in the usofa are not imprisoned for NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY a debt......just as DNS has pointed out.
Look at the exact reason stated for why they have been imprisoned and I think you will find that it is not for inability to pay a debt.


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