*Reblog* Debtor Prisons

The scary thing is I can see these coming back in the UK

What if We all Cared?

Hi.

I need to sit and have a serious discussion. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat.

Have you heard of debtor’s prisons? You know, the ancient practice of jailing the poor for, well, being poor.

Yes, those debtor prisons.

These same prisons are coming back/never were completely abolished despite law changes.

What does that mean to those of us living below the poverty level? Well, we all know how hard it is to maintain a roof over our children’s heads and food in their bellies not to mention a vehicle so we can get to/from work to pay bills. We all know that robbing Peter to pay Paul then Joe to pay Peter is the neverending debt juggling that can be our endless battle to barely survive.

So some have decided to begin taking us to court and jailing us for nonpayment. I’m not really sure what is…

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10 Responses to *Reblog* Debtor Prisons

  1. manyofus1980 says:

    god! sounds bad! I hope they don’t bring them back. xo

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  2. A. White says:

    I think that’s why it’s written in the American Constitution that it can not be brought back. It existed in colonial America. Debtor prison is a lot more then simply locking one in NewGate or similar prison. If the family did not come up with the money to pay the debt off which was often inflated for there were no usury laws to prevent them from lying, The person was executed. There were many cases where the debt was paid but the creditor was still peeved off for whatever reason and the poor soul still hung. Nowadays according to Geneva and the UN Council it’s considered a violation of human rights.

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    • From what I have been reading, since I came across this post. They are finding ways to go around the laws in USA, but you are right with the fact that it might not be able to come back in the UK, unless you don’t pay your council tax or TV licence

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      • A. White says:

        It was abolished in 1833 If they brought it back in America over half of the country would be in jail. But yes, there are some major issues in the US that are as bad as debtor’s prison minus the hang noose or executor’s axe. Routine traffic tickets or even overdue student loan payments can set off a cycle of debt that also includes the suspension of a driver’s license or professional license and, in some cases, jail time. A suspended driver’s license makes it nearly impossible to get to work if you live outside the city limit. When a person can’t pay, courts add more fines on top of the original. If those fees aren’t paid, a jail sentence is imposed for violation of court cost. Incarceration is also often meted out to low-income defendants facing misdemeanor charges who cannot afford to pay bond ahead of a court date. It should come as little surprise that the policing tactics that have been enacted to generate revenue through this debtors’ system disproportionately impact people of color. Yes, you are right. It’s the fees not the debt itself that some judges have no mercy in applying to even dead debts.

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      • Its a nightmare and something the government in all countries needs to be dealing with, especially with things like payday loans, that can seem amazing at the time, but then just gets you into more and more debt

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      • I’m rephrasing it to night terror. I say never use payday loans unless it’s an absolute emergency. I mean something like paying the rent, buying medicine or food because they only strangle your wallet to death with excessive fees.

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      • completely agree, they did a programme on it, on how easy it is to get a payday loan and it was basically agreed that more checks needed to be put in place, but as far as I know nothing has been done (in the UK)

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