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.


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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