The New Debtors Prisons

How companies are putting borrowers behind bars

State laws that give extensive powers to creditors, combined with aggressive collections efforts, let payday lenders, medical-debt collectors, and corporations take control of courts in some parts of the country.

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When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

Welcome to Coffeyville, Kansas, where the judge has no law degree, debt collectors get a cut of the bail and Americans are watching their lives — and liberty — disappear in the pursuit of medical debt collection.

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They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.

High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.

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