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Lawsuit: St. Louis County Town Jails Are 'Debtors Prisons'Federal lawsuits claim jails in Ferguson and Jennings operate essentially as modern-day debtors' prisons, where minor traffic offenses can lead to extended periods behind bars.
Owe Money, Miss a Court Date, Go to Jail? An association representing debt collectors says there's no "debtors' prison" in Illinois

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