Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Debtors’ Prisons, Then and Now: FAQ

The American tradition of debtors’ imprisonment seems to be alive and well. But how could that be? Jailing the indigent for their failure to meet contractual obligations was considered primitive by ancient Greek and Roman politicians, and remains illegal and unheard of in most developed countries. Under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, the practice is listed as a civil-rights violation.

More:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/02/24/debtors-prisons-then-and-now-faq

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