Debt collectors in states including Missouri and Alabama are using legal loopholes to lock up poor citizens who can't pay their debts.
'Too many people have been thrown in jail simply because they're too poor to pay their debts,' Madigan said. 'We cannot allow these illegal abuses to continue.'
The United States abolished debtors' prisons in the 1830s, but more than a third of states allow borrowers who can't or won't pay their debts to be jailed.
TVNL Comment: Do you know why America puts so many people behind bars for stupid things like this? It is because we have a private for profit prison industry.