In jail for being in debt

  • Article by: CHRIS SERRES and GLENN HOWATT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 17, 2011 - 4:40 PM

You committed no crime, but an officer is knocking on your door. More Minnesotans are surprised to find themselves being locked up over debts.

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d44332211Jun. 9, 10 7:48 AM

Personally, I'd rather see people locked up who might rob/hurt/molest somebody some day than random non-violent people who have a beef with their credit card companies. What a waste of jail space.

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eman2002Jun. 9, 10 7:56 AM

I'd like to hear from all the people and businesses that have been harmed by these people who think they can take things and then not pay for them.

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dakmarkJun. 9, 10 8:00 AM

They were jailed for ignoring warrants and summons. Jailed for ignoring court orders and missing court dates.

It doesn't matter what the offense is - if you ignore the courts you will be arrested.

This lie that is being told is similar to the lie that Clinton was impeached for having an affair. He was impeached for lying under oath.

Sensationalism at it's worse. Trying to make banks and credit card villains when the real perps are those that ignore the law. First they refuse to pay their bills and cooperate with the people they owe money to and then they ignore court dates and fail to show up as ordered. And many of you think they are victims.

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mackroeJun. 9, 10 8:01 AM

She wasn't arrested for failing to pay a debt. She was arrested for failing to appear in court related to outstanding debt. Funny how they can slant an article to try and prove a point but ultimately the facts come out.

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huns0004Jun. 9, 10 8:03 AM

Not paying your debts is a big deal, but it's a civil matter, not a criminal matter. We've been hearing all year about the rising murder rate in Minneapolis, and yet we are wasting law enforcement resources on people with unpaid credit card bills? What are our priorities exactly?

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teddygJun. 9, 10 8:03 AM

Sweats the small stuff, like a 10th of a pct point on credit card interest rates. Misses the big picture, that we're actually spending taxpayer dollars to assist the collection of small, private debt.

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bemidjijoeJun. 9, 10 8:03 AM

Okay, #1 I believe that the individuals were not arrested for being in debt, they were jailed for failure to appear in court. #2 If X borrows money from Y and then fails to pay said debt off is that not theft, particularily when the debt has been owed for several years? #3 A large part of the housing fallout was due to people not paying debt, maybe a bit of accountablility would help.

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bemidjijoeJun. 9, 10 8:04 AM

Okay, #1 I believe that the individuals were not arrested for being in debt, they were jailed for failure to appear in court. #2 If X borrows money from Y and then fails to pay said debt off is that not theft, particularily when the debt has been owed for several years? #3 A large part of the housing fallout was due to people not paying debt, maybe a bit of accountablility would help.

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jackthemackJun. 9, 10 8:06 AM

Whether we are all still serfs living at the pleasure of our wealthy overseers, an article like this comes along to answer the question.

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redstar1961Jun. 9, 10 8:07 AM

"You commit no crime " Since when is stealing not a crime. These are the same people who think being in this country illegally is legal. The liberals have ruined a lot of lives in this country by giving people bad advice and showing no responsibilty to your actions.

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