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Jailed for $280: The Return of Debtors' Prisons

 
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Jailed for $280: The Return of Debtors' Prisons
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Re: Jailed for $280: The Return of Debtors' Prisons
"Although the U.S. abolished debtors' prisons in the 1830s, more than a third of U.S. states allow the police to haul people in who don't pay all manner of debts, from bills for health care services to credit card and auto loans. In parts of Illinois, debt collectors commonly use publicly funded courts, sheriff's deputies, and country jails to pressure people who owe even small amounts to pay up, according to the AP."

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