Forgive us our debts: A look at modern-day debtors' prisons


The state I grew up in, Georgia, was first founded as a debtors' colony. At one point in American history, debtor's prisons were quite common, but these brick-and-mortar institutions were supposedly outlawed in the 19th century. But some say that jailing those who don't pay legal debts and fines they can't possibly pay amounts to modern-day debtors' prisons. Recently, HBO's John Oliver did a segment exploring these trends. Take a look and determine what you think. Be advised that Oliver's language gets a bit salty in places.