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In Illinois and southwest Indiana, some judges jail debtors for missing court-ordered debt payments. In extreme cases, people stay in jail until they raise a minimum payment. In January, a judge sentenced a Kenney, Ill., man "to indefinite incarceration" until he came up with $300 toward a lumber yard debt.
Originally posted by armtx
Boy, there are some real out of the box thinkers on this one?!?
If you stole a pair of Nikes from the mall and their worth was 125.00 dollars, guess what, you get arrested and thrown in jail.
The principal is the same, you owe money and since you are not willing to pay it, the "government" is going to treat you like a criminal.
I guess you are all fine with stealing?
Hay I'v got an idea..... don't get credit and not pay. Just do without
Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record. It is important to remember that an expunged record is Not destroyed. The police, FBI, immigration officers, and other public officials may still see sealed court files for certain purposes.
More than a third of all U.S. states allow borrowers who can't or won't pay to be jailed. Judges have signed off on more than 5,000 such warrants since the start of 2010 in nine counties with a total population of 13.6 million people, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal of filings in those counties. Nationwide figures aren't known because many courts don't keep track of warrants by alleged offense. In interviews, 20 judges across the nation said the number of borrowers threatened with arrest in their courtrooms has surged since the financial crisis began.
Most state constitutions, including Minnesota's, have clauses dating to the 1850s that expressly prohibit the jailing of people for their debts.
I thought debtor's prison was outlawed in the US? According to even the Minnesota Constitution it's illegal