Over 300 district attorneys, we call them prosecutors here in Michigan, are lending their office stationery to debt collectors so they can harass people, threaten them with jail time?
Putting criminals in jail is the prosecutor’s job; debt collection is not.
True, bouncing a check is a crime most places.
Good for Jessica Silver-Greenberg of the New York Times for digging into this story of debt collector abuse.
They give the prosecutors some sort of kickback. So that makes it OK, I guess.
The partnerships have proliferated from Los Angeles to Baltimore to Detroit, according to the National District Attorneys Association, as the stagnant economy leaves city and state officials grappling with budget shortfalls. Lawyers for the check writers estimate that more than 1 million of them are targeted a year. The two main debt collectors — California-based CorrectiveSolutions and BounceBack of Missouri — return millions of dollars each year to retailers including Safeway, Target and Walmart. (from the linked to article)