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Is There Such a Thing as a Debtor’s Prison?

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There's a posting somewhere here about some rent-to-own stores in Texas. It's close to debtor's prison.

No, actually it isn't. If the persons entering into those contracts would simply have returned the property instead of walking and converting for personal use (you know, that pesky thing more commonly known as THEFT), there would be no prosecution of them...

 

Don't commit a felony and you don't find yourself in criminal court in such matters...

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In some counties there is heavy use of post-judgment discovery less as a means of actually discovering assets than as a harassment technique and "gotcha" to get a judgment debtor jailed (if only briefly--usually) and admonished by the judge to pay up.

 

That being said, in my neck of the woods there's a database of 20k or so active warrants and the last time I checked a single one was for failure to provide such discovery in a debt case.

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There's a posting somewhere here about some rent-to-own stores in Texas. It's close to debtor's prison.

No, actually it isn't. If the persons entering into those contracts would simply have returned the property instead of walking and converting for personal use (you know, that pesky thing more commonly known as THEFT), there would be no prosecution of them...

 

Don't commit a felony and you don't find yourself in criminal court in such matters...

 

 

Exactly.

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