Debt Collection Lab

Princeton University, Dignity+Debt, VizE Lab and SSRC

Website that tracks debt collection court cases in real time and has begun doing so in five states. The DCL also uses the arts and storytelling to change the narrative about debt justice. Advocates may use the online debt collection tracker to examine which neighborhoods are hardest hit by debt collection cases, to identify neighborhoods with disparate impacts by race as well as socio-economic status, and to indicate how often debtors lack legal representation. The DCL will expand the number of states in which it operates and will include historical data, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming year.