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  • Jailed for $ 280. The Return of Debtors' Prisons

    04/26/2012 7:39:45 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 96 replies
    CBS Money Watch ^ | April 23, 2012 | Alain Sherter
    How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn't pay a medical bill -- one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn't owe. "She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn't have to pay it," The Associated Press reports. "But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs." Although the U.S. abolished debtors' prisons in the 1830s, more than a third of U.S. states allow the police to haul people in who...