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Van Jones is president of Dream Corps and Rebuild the Dream, which promote innovative solutions for America's economy. He was President Barack Obama's green jobs adviser in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @VanJones68. Jessica Jackson is a human rights attorney and the national director of #cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to reduce America's incarcerated population by 50% over the next 10 years. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.
(CNN)Debtors' prison is supposed to be illegal in the United States. But in too many American cities, it has made a shocking return.