Forgive Us Our Debts

In 1831, New York abolished the debtor’s prison system and the rest of America soon followed.  No longer would people be able to be jailed for not being able to pay their debts.  No longer would “being poor” or owing money be a crime for which Americans could lose their freedom.  We simply valued freedom too much as a society to allow such a practice to exist within our borders.  Yet, in 2012, an alarming trend is occurring in America — creditors are manipulating the legal system to jail people for unpaid debts.  People are going to jail — and staying there for long periods of time — because they have unpaid medical or consumer debts.  We have, to put mildly, regressed.  Read more about this practice here:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/jailed-for–280–the-return-of-debtors–prisons.html

 

About David Davies, Editor-in-Chief

David Davies is the Editor-in-Chief of Media Rostra. He is also a lawyer and a licensed minister, so he is basically distrusted by everyone on some level. He received his Political Science degree from the University of Tulsa and his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arkansas, a former "good athlete for his size," and current owner of The Law Offices of David Davies, PLLC -- an Estate Planning and Elder Law firm that has offices in Arkansas and Tennessee. He co-authored, with fellow editor, Aaron Brooks, the article entitled: “Exploring Student-Athlete Compensation: Why the NCAA Cannot Afford to Leave Athletes Uncompensated," in the University of Notre Dame’s Journal of College and University Law.