“History repeats itself”-“all things old are new again”-“fashions make a comeback”.
All cliches that have embedded themselves in the lexicon, but true as well-the latest of proofs is the resurgence of “debtors prisons”
As many as one third of the states have laws on the books that allow people unable to pay their debts to be incarcerated-to me this speaks almost singularly to one thing-greed, and the manner in which the legal system caters to and is influenced by the concept of profit.
An individual loses their job and becomes incapable of paying a bill-no crime is associated with the loss of employment itself (yet), but the tactic by debtors is then to sue in court and secure a court ordered judgement and payment schedule.
Apparently the obvious fact that having lost ones jobs as the catalyst that led to all this isn’t deemed a consideration, nor the fact that despite a court order no method of repayment is possible if there is no income.
Regardless of that if payments aren’t met then the individual is arrested and hauled back into court for violating a court order, and is often the case sentenced to jail.
The act of indentured service was common in the early stages of the foundation of this country and stiff penalties were a part of if the terms weren’t observed-people should understand that debt is a form of indentured service and seek to avoid it as much as possible.
This type of “legal” approach is little more than the criminalization of poverty-a sentence for circumstances too often beyond the control of people-especially in this economic climate.
It is the ongoing erosion of Democracy and the value of the individual with the courts and the governments blessing and active participation.
“Land of the free and the home of the brave” ……not so free, nor so brave, when a people will tolerate this sort of archaic draconian approach.