This practice is increasing with the deepening and lengthening of this recession. So just when people are hardest hit by job loss, high unemployment, higher commodity prices, and housing price collapse, they are also getting hit with being put in jail for owing purely private debts.
Some judges appear to be on board with this. One is quoted in the article saying “wish I could do it more” and “It’s often the only remedy to get people into court and paying their debts”. No matter to the judges if the debtors can’t pay because they have no money and no job.