A 20th Century Debate About Imprisonment for Debt

20 Pages Posted: 2 May 2014

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Stephen J. Ware

University of Kansas - School of Law

Date Written: April 30, 2014


In the early twentieth century, Parliament debated whether to abolish imprisonment for debt. Parliament’s Select Committee on Debtors (Imprisonment) of 1909 heard testimony from witnesses and issued a report recommending the continuation of imprisonment for debt. This testimony and report make for fascinating history. Although imprisonment is not part of contemporary debates about debt collection and personal insolvency (consumer bankruptcy) law, the competing views expressed in Parliament over a century ago about consumer debtors and those who lend to them will be recognizable to anyone familiar with contemporary debates on either side of the Atlantic.

Keywords: debt, bankruptcy, creditor's rights, collection law, debtor-creditor law, consumer law

Suggested Citation

Ware, Stephen J., A 20th Century Debate About Imprisonment for Debt (April 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2431342 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2431342

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