Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, you probably have enough common sense and moral fortitude to not go out of your way to kick a homeless person when you see one on the street. If so, pat yourself on the back, because there are some American legislators who are using every tool in their toolbox to make "poverty" the new "murder."
5Unpaid Rent Can Get You Thrown in Prison in Arkansas
Unless you come from a family so rich and so uninterested in your character development that they pay your bills for you, you've been short on your rent at least once in your life. It's a rite of passage, like acne or finding your parents' sex toys. Just make sure you don't live in Arkansas when the inevitable shortfall happens, because they've got a law that will send your ass to jail.
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According to the failure-to-vacate law, once you're late on your rent, landlords can give you 10 days to pay up, move out, or go to jail. And it's written so that there is no independent investigation to find out if the landlord is telling the truth or if he's looking to fill your apartment with his buddy's hot daughter. So naturally the system is abused to the point where actual homeowners have been somehow charged with not paying their rent.
Can the tenants fight it? Sure! Except people who plead "not guilty" actually face harsher punishments, and they still have to vacate their home while they wait for trial, plus pay the court fees. It's like spanking a newborn infant for wetting his diaper ... then charging him for the privilege.
4Wisconsin Wants to Freeze the Bank Accounts of Unemployed People
Have you ever gotten a bank error in your favor? What about too much change from the store or an unwarranted credit on an account? The upright citizen that you are, you correct the error, but half the time most of us aren't nerdlingers and don't catch the mistake in the first place.