Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jailing Debtors

http://www.startribune.com/investigators/95692619.html

"It's not a crime to owe money, and debtors' prisons were abolished in the United States in the 19th century. But people are routinely being thrown in jail for failing to pay debts. In Minnesota, which has some of the most creditor-friendly laws in the country, the use of arrest warrants against debtors has jumped 60 percent over the past four years, with 845 cases in 2009..."

A long ago strategy for "governing" the poor is being re-invented for the 21st century

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