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Debtors' Prison—Prisoners' Accumulation of Debt as a Barrier to Reentry

By Kirsten D. Levingston & Vicki Turetsky

Incarcerated persons can accumulate significant debt from various criminal financial penalties and child support obligations, leading to unrealistic payment obligations, which they are unable to meet. Policymakers should set and enforce child support policies and criminal financial obligations in a manner that supports successful reintegration into society and reduces recidivism.

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