Not every American being sent to jail these days is a criminal.
Instead, people are finding themselves behind bars for not paying court fees, medical bills and traffic tickets.
Debtors' prisons were abolished in the country back in the 1830s. Still, judges around America are still sending people to jail for not being able to pay their debts.
The American Civil Liberties Union says around a third of U.S. states are currently sending people to jail for not paying debts. This can include debt from car loans and credit cards.
Other states are punishing people who can't pay their debts with "poverty penalties." This happens when people can't pay all of their debt at one time.