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State Court STRIKES DOWN 'Debtors' Prisons'

Simon McCormack | Posted 02.05.2014 | Crime

Ohio's highest court took steps to make sure no one sentenced in state cases gets put behind bars simply because they are too poor. The state's sup...

Kuttner's Debtors' Prison: A Much-Needed Brief Against Austerity

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Debtors' Prison should be required reading for anyone who influences economic policy in this country. Open-minded readers should come away convinced that we need to reject the economics of despair for an economics of hope.

Report Makes Harsh Claims About State's Jailing Of Poor

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Several courts in Ohio are illegally jailing people because they are too poor to pay their debts and often deny defendants a hearing...

Debtors' Prisons Make the Poor Poorer

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

2012-08-27-scblog.pngIncarcerating people for not paying fees they can't afford isn't generating revenue -- it's just creating more government spending. And making it almost impossible for people to rejoin society ensures that people will wind up back in prison.

Southern City's 'Debtors Prison' Shut Down

AP | Posted 07.15.2012 | Crime

COLUMBIANA, Ala. -- A judge has temporarily shut down what he called a "debtors prison" run by the municipal court of an Alabama city. In an order fi...

Going After A Dead Man's Debt And Other Debt Collector Horror Stories

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.24.2012 | Business

One Michigan-based debt collector has allegedly been trying to collect debts from people who don't owe them, including one man who has been dead for y...

Debt Collector Getting People To Pay Up By Being Nice

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

Turns out nice guys may not always finish last. Access Receivables, a Baltimore-based debt collection agency, is finding success using a novel app...

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business

In the latest example of aggressive debt collector tactics, an Illinois woman found herelf jailed over a bill she didn’t even owe in the first place...

Demand That Collection Agencies Keep "The 5 New Year's Resolutions for the Conscious Bill Collector"

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

If there is one thing that most Americans might agree upon it is that the debt collection industry and the work it performs ranks in status somewhere below that of a Wall Street Banker and slightly above that of a U.S. Congressman.

In Many States, Borrowers In Debt Could End Up In Jail

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

Not paying off debts can eventually land you in jail -- at least in a sizable minority of U.S. states. Borrowers who can't or don't pay their debts...

Arthur Delaney

Debtors' Prison: Jobless Woman Jailed For Unpaid Traffic Fines

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

Kelly Wiedemer of Westminster, Col., spent four nights in jail this month because she hasn't paid fines and restitution she owes from a car accident t...

Debt Collection Agencies Gone Wild

Bryce Covert | Posted 08.02.2011 | Business
Bryce Covert

Those who take out loans and lines of credit are responsible for paying back what they owe. But the debt collection industry has run amok in the practices it deploys to get repaid, some acting more like organized crime than private businesses.

Real Story or April Fool's Joke? "Anne Berkshire-Hathaway" and Six Other Bizarre Economic Tales

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.01.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A review of past stock performance suggests that the stock price for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway corporation goes up whenever movie star Anne Hathaway is in the news.

The Return of the Debtor's Prison

Bryce Covert | Posted 05.30.2011 | Business
Bryce Covert

As the debt-collection industry buys up bad debt and then seeks payment, it's started relying on arrest warrants to get its way, throwing those who miss court appearances or don't pay in jail.

Debtors' Prison in 2011

Wall Street Journal | JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some lawmakers, judges and regulators are trying to rein in the U.S. debt-collection industry's use of arrest warrants to recoup money owed by borrowe...

Minnesota Woman Thrown In JAIL Over $250 Debt

startribune.com | Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

No one had an answer. Uhlmeyer spent a sleepless night in a frigid Anoka County holding cell, her hands tucked under her armpits for warmth. Then, han...