Locked Up In A Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison (4.30.2013)
Jack Dawley has been jailed three times in Ohio for failure to pay outstanding debts, and along with the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint for what he says is an outdated – and unconstitutional – practice. Also in this show: Christopher Cassucio, whose “Strike Debt” group is aiming to erase people’s debts, answers listener response; and Anna & Elizabeth, the guitar-and-banjo duo that makes movies called "crankies".
Host Dick Gordon speaks with Jack Dawley, who’s been to jail three times for failure to pay debt. Dawley says he’s never seen a judge or been given any opportunity to explain that he simply cannot afford to pay.