Jailed for $280: The Return of Debtors' Prisons
By Alain Sherter | CBS MoneyWatch
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 don't pay all manner of debts, from bills for health care services to credit card and auto loans. In parts of Illinois, debt collectors commonly use publicly funded courts, sheriff's deputies, and country jails to pressure people who owe even small amounts to pay Although the http://finance.yahoo.com/news/jailed-fo … isons.html one woman in the article was jailed after she couldn't pay a $280. medical bill for breast cancer treatment...now that's humane!
It's very easy to pick up another bid while incarcerated.
The corporations must need more slaves for their labor camps?
I do believe she was probably arrested for not responding to a court summons, etc. Not the debt itself.
When the person does show up to Court and makes an agreement, the council for the creditor appeals the agreement once the defendant leaves the court. This is done until a default occurs.
Prisons are big business nowadays. Especially in Texas and other predominantly conservative states. Since being privatized, the number of inmates affects the amount of money the state pays the institution for housing and feeding them.
I believe Barbara Bush was reported to have bought interest into a huge prison facility in Texas not long ago.
Thar's gold in them thar convictions! Nothing new in the world of heartless business enterprises.
These private prisons are using solitary confinement as a form of torture. Work or stay enclosed for 23 hours everyday.
Oh my God, you mean they are punishing criminals?
No, they are punishing law abiding citizens by bringing jobs in to the prison system and rewarding criminals with food, shelter, healthcare, and employment.
Plenty of unemployed individuals are suffering so megacorps can reap in huge profits.
We are becoming a society of prisons. Why does the United States incarcerate the highest percentage of its population on the globe?
http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_p … per-capita
So giving a law abiding citizen a job is now punishment? Would you explain that please.
Bringing in thousands of jobs in to our prison system instead of hiring law abiding citizens outside of the labor camps hurts society as a whole.
I see, wonder how much those prisoners are being paid?
Prisoners earning 23 cents an hour in U.S. federal prisons are manufacturing high-tech electronic components for Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles, launchers for TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) anti-tank missiles, and other guided missile systems. A March article by journalist and financial researcher Justin Rohrlich of World in Review is worth a closer look at the full implications of this ominous development. (minyanville.com)
The expanding use of prison industries, which pay slave wages, as a way to increase profits for giant military corporations, is a frontal attack on the rights of all workers.
Prison labor — with no union protection, overtime pay, vacation days, pensions, benefits, health and safety protection, or Social Security withholding — also makes complex components for McDonnell Douglas/Boeing’s F-15 fighter aircraft, the General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16, and Bell/Textron’s Cobra helicopter. Prison labor produces night-vision goggles, body armor, camouflage uniforms, radio and communication devices, and lighting systems and components for 30-mm to 300-mm battleship anti-aircraft guns, along with land mine sweepers and electro-optical equipment for the BAE Systems Bradley Fighting Vehicle’s laser rangefinder. Prisoners recycle toxic electronic equipment and overhaul military vehicles.
Labor in federal prisons is contracted out by UNICOR, previously known as Federal Prison Industries, a quasi-public, for-profit corporation run by the Bureau of Prisons. In 14 prison factories, more than 3,000 prisoners manufacture electronic equipment for land, sea and airborne communication. UNICOR is now the U.S. government’s 39th largest contractor, with 110 factories at 79 federal penitentiaries.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php? … ;aid=25376
Well that certainly is something I've never read about ,until now. Thanks
The fair thing to do would be to have those companies pay for the cost of the incarceration itself. They are receiving benefits, technically. Their "employer" should pay for them.
That might be the fair way of doing it. The moral way would be for the companies to operate in civilized society with law abiding citizens. The private prison system in the United States is eerily similar to the Chinese model of employment. In China many workers are housed within the factory that employs them. They reside in very small cubicles with shopping and food all provided for them.
That's the beauty of it. Given how much imprisonment costs their incentive for using prison workers would be greatly reduced. They might as well hire a real worker.
And forced abortion should the women become pregnant. Tom Delay was instrumental in getting one of these factories going on Marianis Island. Mr Pro-Life. His bud Mike Pence says Delay is his mentor....and he is always spouting all this anti-aborton stuff...while being ok with giving tax dollars to a factory owner who forces abortion on his serfs.
Again, how does privatizing prisons lead to more prisoners? Even if they have a profit motive to get more prisoners they have no control over who gets convicted.
How do you feel that of 5 States where debt can get you put in jail Georgia (not Texas) is one of them?
But to be fair, these arrests are not for outstanding debt but for not paying court costs or fines.
Some backwards States just can't get out of the 18th century.
So, what, do representatives from these private prisons sit on juries in disproportionately high numbers or something?
In think the fair thing to do is not to tie a profit motive to locking people up.
You know they are traded on the stock exchange? It's sickening what money does to people.
Every "person" is a publicly traded commodity. Look at the red letters and numbers on your social security card. Call a broker and ask what the bond with corresponding characters as your ss card traded at.
I read that this morning and I thought there were only five states doing this, Texas not being one of them,
The collection companies lobbied for legislation forcing the judicial system to enforce contempt of court laws,
This lady was put in Jail for not apearing in court to answer the lawsuit brought by the collection agency.
In Texas the credit card companies can sue you for nonpayment but if you apear in court they usually loose, but if you do not show up they win by default. If you happen to be in this situation check for yourself to see if this applies in your state and county courts.
It is our legal right to sue anyone for anything whether the facts of the case are true or not.
If the other party does not show up you win this court hearing by default.
that is the way I understand it anyway.
by Christopher Wanamaker 9 years ago
What grade would you give the prison system in America?
by IDONO 7 years ago
Are the millions of people in our prison system considered in unemployment figures?Couldn't these people be used productively to produce products in the market that China does only because we can't compete? Not slave labor, but reward these prisoners in some way, make them productive, teach them...
by daskittlez69 8 years ago
Should the U.S. have a prison system?
by lizistanton 10 years ago
If a man commits a crime and sentenced to prison, he is sentenced to much more: sexual assault, physical assault, malnutrition, lack of medical care, pain, lack of mental health care and isolation from society. Of all the above, the only thing actually mandated by law is segregation...
by karl 7 years ago
Is prison sentencing soft on criminals hard on society?Has softer punishments made society more dangerous and do criminals still fear going to prison? Are there any workable alternatives or should we just accept the situation as it is?
by Ralph Deeds 7 years ago
My answer is no.http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15170 … aveholders
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