Debtors' Prisons Return To The U.S., ACLU Finds

Debtors' Prisons
Debtors' Prisons

Have you ever been stuck on the "jail" square in Monopoly, because you just couldn't pay the $50 to get out? That's not allowed in real life. Under the U.S. Constitution, you can't go to jail, or be kept in jail, just because you're unable to afford a fine.

But it still happens. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio investigated 11 counties in the state and found debtors' prisons to be a live and well tradition in seven of them. For our Friday Lunchtime Live video series, AOL Jobs spoke with Mike Brickner, one of the lead ACLU investigators, to find out the extent of the problem, and what people can do if they find themselves under arrest for a debt they can't pay.