Hearing on Georgia banishment loophole

January 7, 2008

ATLANTA, Ga.---Georgia's criminal banishment policy was the topic in the Supreme Court today.

Georgia judges are not allowed to banish criminals from the state, but there's a legal loophole: they can restrict offenders from all but one of the state's 159 counties. That often means confining selected offenders to remote counties in rural Georgia.

Today's hearing involved the case of Gregory Mac Terry, who was banished from every county but one after pleading guilty to assault and stalking charges.

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