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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 »

If a Creditor Sues You For a Debt, Show Up or Risk an Arrest Warrant and Jail

It’s getting more attention these days, the concept that debtors prison is resurfacing. And while that’s not exactly true, you can’t be thrown into prison for debt. But there is more coverage about debtors that are being arrested and taken to jail. Mostly just for processing but some are sitting behind bars as they wait to be bailed out. The ... Read More »

Washington State Moves to Prevent Arrest Over Debt

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Over the past few years there have been some pockets of the country where some people have been issued arrest warrants for contempt of court over some debt collection legal cases. See Does Debtors Jail Exist in the 21st Century or is this a Scare Tactic Used by Creditors and Indiana Closes Debtors’ Prison in Vanderburgh County. The practice is ... Read More »

Ireland on the Verge of Joining the Modern World and Proposes to Stop Throwing People in Jail for Debt

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In 2007-2008 I spent a lot of time in Dublin, Ireland helping groups try to put forward reasonable solutions for consumer debt. The reality was Ireland had no bankruptcy law so people were getting tossed in jail, a real modern debtors’ prison situation. I worked on developing the first attempts to help the court understand the value of pro-rata repayment ... 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 »

Debtors’ Prison, Why Creditors Don’t Care if You Repay Your Debt, and Bankruptcy – The Get Out Of Debt Guy Show

On today’s show I talk with Dr. Louis Hyman, an expert in the history of debt. Not only was it great talking with him but we chatted just as long off the air. This is one guy you’ll be hearing more from in the future on this show. We talked about the history of debt, why budgets are flawed, a ... Read More »

Ignoring Debt Until Police Show Up. Is Jail in Your Future?

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When I first started working in the financial world of helping people with their debts I was told that doing nothing with the debts was an option, not a viable one, but an option nonetheless. A recent article from the StarTribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota showcased what happens to people in Hennepin County, Minnesota who take that very route, ignoring debt. ... 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 »

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