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Can You Go to Jail if You Don’t Pay a Bill?

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Just out is a very interesting video from my friends over at Cambridge Credit Counseling about debtors’ prison and the current realities. Disturbing new reports indicate that debt collectors in Missouri, Illinois, Alabama and a few other states are using a legal loophole to justify jailing poor citizens who legitimately cannot pay their debts. It has been troubling that some ... Read More »

Indiana Closes Debtors’ Prison in Vanderburgh County

In 2009 a local Indiana county court was doing some very bizarre things when it came to debtors. Apparently the local court was threatening debtors with contempt if they did not make payment arrangements to pay judgments against them, even if they were exempt from paying. It is reported that the Indiana judge had this exchange with one consumer. The ... Read More »

The Birth of a New Urban Myth – Jailed for Debt in the U.S.

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Recently we covered stories of people being jailed for debt in the U.S. Amanda did an excellent job in putting all the facts together and you can read that story here. Well here is a recent video by a very misinformed person that makes all sorts of incorrect allegations about being jailed for debt in the U.S. Okay, the video ... Read More »

My How Times Have NOT Changed Since 1758

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Recently I posted a page here on debtors prison. The History of Credit & Debt – Debtors’ Prison. And then I came across some quotes that made me think how much the reality of debt troubles has not changed over time. “The confinement … of any man in the sloth and darkness of a prison, is a loss to the ... Read More »

The History of Credit & Debt – Debtors’ Prison

From Massachusetts, a 1729 Judgment to make payment or be thrown in jail.

At last our journey through financial history has reached a point where we recognize dollars and credit. From Massachusetts, a 1729 Judgment to make payment or be thrown in jail. During the early years of the United States, up to the mid 1800s, you could get tossed in prison for failing to pay back your debts. Not only were you ... Read More »

I Am Pregnant and in Debt in the UAE But Will Not Be Able to Pay My Bills for Ten Months. – Leifam

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Lefiam “Dear Steve, This is how the story goes,i have 2loans and 3credit cards with a local and international bank and my debts sums up to $13,000. I am currently working here in Dubai, UAE. And as we all know that UAE law with the debtors are so tight that they put everybody in jail who ever fails to pay ... Read More »

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