ACLU report decries private debt collection, calls for right to counsel

02/21/2018, Report, Consumer or Other Debt

The ACLU has released a report entitled A Pound of Flesh: the Criminalization of Private Debt. It discusses the arrest and jailing of people for debts both small and large, and argues for the debtors’ right to counsel when their physical liberty is at stake. The report does not note the existence of state laws providing for such a right in many states.