Officially abolished in the United States in the 1830's, the courts resume the practice, lawfully or not...
Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over $280 Medical Bill
'Debtor's Prisons' Return to the U.S
By Alain Sherter
April 21, 2012 - How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn't pay a medical bill -- one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn't owe.
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.
The Return Of Debtors Prisons: Thousands Of Americans Jailed For Not Paying Their BillsB
In: Regional News, Other News, Politics, Citizen Journalism, Propaganda
Tags: Debtors Prisons, Robber Baron Revival Era
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States (load item map)
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