Banishment in Georgia: A New Approach to Drug Offenders

The word banishment conjures up images of kings, knights, and scepters. It’s hard to imagine such a quaint punishment in the world today. However, in Georgia banishment is still used as a punishment. An offender can be banished from one or more counties or from an entire judicial circuit. Banishment in Georgia dates back to 1782 and provides that there cannot be a 100% banishment. Consequently, the state excludes Echols county, which is mostly unpopulated swamp. Offenders faced with the dim prospects available in such a small area often choose to leave the state. Banishment is used most often with drug offenders, with the goal being to separate the offender from his or her customers or dealers. The state also opts for banishment because it’s less expensive than incarceration. It works both ways — when given a choice between banishment and incarceration, offenders almost always choose banishment. For Georgia and its offenders, it’s a win-win situation.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

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Fact of the Day

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Nature Oddities

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Food and Drink

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