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Can You Be Arrested For Not Paying Your Bills?

Ever notice how there weren’t any characters on HBO’s drama The Wire who were serving time for past due debts?

That’s because debtors prisons were outlawed in the United States nearly 200 years ago. And in the 1983 case of Bearden v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court said that courts can’t send people to jail just because they are too poor to pay their court fines.

So you can’t go to jail just because you don’t pay your debts … right?

The answer isn’t quite what you think it is. Listen to today’s episode of Money Go Roundtable to learn more.

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