One Texas judge is responsible for most of the student debt-related arrests in America

One Texas judge is responsible for most of the student debt-related arrests in America

In February, a guy in Houston was arrested by U.S. Marshals for failing to show up to court to pay off student debt he owed from the ‘80s.

I wrote a followup story suggesting that if this was one district, it was possible there were hundreds of such arrests occurring across the country.

I was wrong.

Fusion launched an investigation into just how widespread these arrests were across the country. We counted up all the student debt-related arrest warrants served by U.S. Marshals in other major cities for 2015. Here’s what we found:

  • New York-Southern (Manhattan): 0
  • New York-Eastern (Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island): 0
  • Illinois-Northern (Chicago): 0
  • California-Central (Los Angeles): 0
  • Texas-Northern, Western, and Eastern : 0
  • Florida-Southern: (Miami) 0
  • Massachusetts (Boston: 0

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