More than 1,000 jailed over debt non-payment

At least 1,000 people were sent to jail over the last five years for contempt of court after failing to repay a debt, according to an expert who has campaigned for changes in how the legal system handles debt.

11th August, 2007

At least 1,000 people were sent to jail over the last five years for contempt of court after failing to repay a debt, according to an expert who has campaigned for changes in how the legal system handles debt.

The debts arise from the failure to repay primarily personal borrowings, including credit union and personal loans.

Numerous debtors are threatened with imprisonment or are sent to jail for contempt of court for failing to appear over...

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