In U.S., debt is not a jailable offense – Bangor Daily News

In U.S., debt is not a jailable offense – Bangor Daily News.

Published stories out of Minnesota suggest that people are being routinely thrown in jail for failure to pay debts.

Not only is that not the whole story, it’s not true, according to Will Lund, superintendent of Maine’s Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection, and some area lawyers.

“The stories did a disservice right from the start,” said Lund. “First of all, they preyed on concerns or fears we’re returning to debtors prisons. The reporter either didn’t know or didn’t understand what happened.

“Second, it glossed over the most important factor: that consumers are not being put in jail for not paying their debts. Rather, they can be jailed for ignoring directives to appear in court.”

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