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People Being Arrested for Debt

Congress abolished debtors’ prison in 1833, but in reality, the prosecutors’ offices and the courts have empowered debt collectors to make use of this same criminal justice system to terrorize and punish debtors into paying the debts they owe. These debts range from consumer debt to car payments to student loans to utility bills to medical bills. This development is very disheartening if you consider that private collection agencies now control the debt of over 70 million Americans, including low-income families.