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Excerpt: "Take, for example, what happened to Robin Sanders in Illinois. She was driving home when an officer pulled her over for having a loud muffler. But instead of sending her off with a warning, the officer arrested Sanders, and she was taken right to jail. 'That's when I found out [that] I had a warrant for failure to appear in Macoupin County. And I didn't know what it was about.' Sanders owed $730 on a medical bill. She says she didn't even know a collection agency had filed a lawsuit against her. [...]"

A typical prison cell, 04/16/09. (photo: Still Burning/Flickr/Yahoo)
A typical prison cell, 04/16/09. (photo: Still Burning/Flickr/Yahoo)

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+16 # Capn Canard 2011-12-16 08:15
Real nice that the wealth of the nation can abide by laws that will lede to a Dickensian reality for the poor and middle class. Beautiful, the Banksters have to be ecstatic...
 
 
0 # LessSaid 2011-12-16 09:55
I am not buying this article. I am aware of the one example they provided in this article and it happened a some years ago and this person I believed started in jail only overnight. I live in Maryland and there is little of no chance of this happening. For the most part, if you don't show up in court you with get a judgement against you and they can go after your wages, bank account and property. However, that would be a difficult process. There are many ways to even get around that. Also, people who get social security in any form and those who get a pension have a great deal of protection from garnshment of any kind.
 
 
+5 # CandH 2011-12-16 11:18
Quoting LessSaid:
...people who get social security in any form and those who get a pension have a great deal of protection from garnshment of any kind.


Hence, they are working on decimating SS and all pensions as we speak. Don't have anything they can take? No problem, for-profit jail for you then...
 
 
0 # Kootenay Coyote 2011-12-16 11:40
Three cases are listed in the article - please read it all before you snap off a foolish comment.
 
 
+2 # LessSaid 2011-12-16 19:21
'Three cases are listed in the article - please read it all before you snap off a foolish comment'
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I don't think you understand that the article is very miss leading by indicating that the Federal government is somehow involved in peole being jailed because they can't pay their debt. This just isn't so currently. As the article indicated that this has happened because judges don’t know debtor’s rights. Also, as I indicated before, I was aware of this situation before this article was posted. In addition, I am involved in helping people who are dealing with these type of problems in Maryland. And I have never seen anyone go to jail for not paying bill, other than unpaid child-support. Do you have any personal knowledge of anyone going to jail in your state just for not being able to pay a debt otherwise.
 
 
+11 # Erdajean 2011-12-16 11:08
How low can we go? This torment of people who CANNOT pay their bills is just one more tool of harassment to break down human dignity and notions of self-worth among working Americans.

It's right in there with strip-searches and groping by airport "security," and harassment of voters at the polls. We're SUPPOSED to feel like criminals -- the plan is that if we are reduced to seeing ourselves as worthless crap, we will be more subservient to "authority" and easier to control -- when the hired guns of the Theft Class rule completely -- as our President seems to have decided he won't oppose, after all....

Where now?
 
 
+9 # CandH 2011-12-16 11:14
How Machiavellian!

First, get everyone to take out as much debt as they can muster (real estate bubbles leading to massive quantities and amounts of mortgages and home-equity loans, education costs soaring and public assistance turned into private education loans, average credit cards/person=5 @ $5K balance each...) Second, tank all economies, slash all demand/jobs/pro duction. Third, imprison all who are in debt and cannot pay because of the first two economic policies.

It will become Nazi-esque when after the Third implementation of imprisonment, we demand slave labor and medical experimentation from prisoners without their consent. FABULOUS Public Policy in the good ol' USofA!
 
 
+4 # pernsey 2011-12-16 12:18
Yeah this sounds surreal, not saying some instances arent true, but just not sure Im buying this as a normal thing...or maybe this is just one of those things that seem so far fetched that I cant wrap my head around it.
 
 
+4 # mwd870 2011-12-16 15:15
I hope it's not a normal thing. The article says debtor’s prisons have been explicitly banned. This would mean the civil rights of citizens who don't have money can be taken away at any time, regardless of the law.

My first reaction to this article: There is no way this happens to ordinary citizens when the Wall Street barons haven't even been held accountable for the debts they owe this country.
 
 
+6 # LessSaid 2011-12-16 19:01
Quoting pernsey:
Yeah this sounds surreal, not saying some instances arent true, but just not sure Im buying this as a normal thing...or maybe this is just one of those things that seem so far fetched that I cant wrap my head around it.


You are completely right, this isn't a normal thing. In fact, in the last few years some states have passed tighter laws because of the debt collectors actions and some court rulings. In many cases, these cases most likely involved unpaid child support.
 
 
+6 # Glen 2011-12-16 13:01
Forget Obama. Forget candidates. Forget everything you are historically acquainted with concerning the U.S. government. All has changed and citizens are not a priority.

This is the third time I have read or encountered such a report or situation. Once the ball is rolling toward antiquated policies and citizen repression..
 

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