If you have unpaid debts, you might not want to move to Minnesota, Arkansas, Illinois, Washington, or Ohio. Debt collectors can manipulate the so called "justice systems" of those states to get people thrown into jail for technicalities in the debt collection process. Of course, you should pay your debt unless one seeks bankruptcy, a federal process that super cedes the state kangaroo courts; though there are cases where errors have been made by debt collectors (fancy that) and the innocent end up spending a night in the clink. That is not good.
Owe $280? Return of debtor prisons in the United States: http://bit.ly/I0DyQF
And here you thought debtors' prison was abolished in this country in 1833. haha. This is technically not the return of the debtors' prison of the pre 19th century era since debtors in the modern day are running into trouble due to receiving a judgement for being MIA in a debt related court proceeding, though the modern day incarceration of people due to issues tied to debt are horrible none the less horrible. As I have stated in the past, the lending class has almost unprecedented power over society, so it's not surprising to see stories of this nature popping up.