Originally posted by DeepThought
Interesting. I read an article recently that they are pursuing student loan non-payers more vigorously in the UK. Although the terms on student loans in the UK, at least to my knowledge, are much easier than the ones in the US judging by the article. Also non-payment is not a criminal offence, one would have to fail to pay and then violate some court ...[text shortened]... able to use the Federal Marshall service to enforce the loans. Who exactly is paying for this?
That being the case, the cost would go to taxpayers, state, fed, local, whatever.
I think they already have statutes in place for dead beat dads who don't pay child support so this sounds like an extension of that idea.
Yep, it is in fact, debtors prison.
If you are in prison, how do you go about paying off a debt. Presumably you have lost your job since you are now incarcerated so you wouldn't have money to pay anything off. AND you would now owe more due to court costs, bail and all that.
This might be going after professionals who now have masters degree or higher and have been working collecting 100K + for ten years or so....