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Debtor's Prisons?

This is slightly off topic, but since we have some unsatisfied judgments we're trying to collect, this story caught our eye. "U.S. marshals arrest man for unpaid student loan." You can have someone arrested for not paying a debt? We've got some former employers we'd love to have tossed in jail for failing to pay their workers. But we abolished debtor prisons long ago right?


He wasn't arrested for not paying a debt. He was ordered to show up for a debtor's exam, and he disregarded the court order, so he got a bench warrant for that. It took them three years to get him, too. Fortunately, we usually get our money faster than that.


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