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Judges Are Giving Sentence Reductions For Those Who Decide To Get Covid-19 Vaccine


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Judges in Hall County, Georgia are offering sentence reductions for offenders who will decide to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to a Hall County Court Administrator, judges in the county believe that every person that gets vaccinated is doing a service to the community and criminal offenders who decided to get vaccinated will be rewarded for doing so.

As of right now there have been over a dozen cases so far in the county where offenders have agreed to get vaccinated in exchange for a sentence reduction.

Sr. Assistant Public Defender Andy Maddox said close to half of his recent clients were given a deal that involved them getting vaccinated.

WSBTV had more details to share:

Some local judges have put a unique program in place: offenders who get vaccinated may have their sentences reduced.

Channel 2′s Tony Thomas spoke to courthouse employees in Hall and Dawson counties about the new initiative to help improve the community.

“In our judge’s view, every shot in the arm is a service to the community,” Hall County Court Administrator Jason Stephenson said.

The sentence reductions have been offered in several dozen cases so far.

“You won’t find a uniform application for it,” Stephenson said. “(The judge offers) up to 20 and as many as 40 hours in some cases that they can receive credit for it.”

Hall and Dawson county residents have shown a reluctance to getting vaccinated. Overall in the state of Georgia, 38% of residents have received at least one vaccination shot, but that drops to 28% in Hall and 25% in Dawson.

Sr. Assistant Public Defender Andy Maddox said he expects some of his clients to take advantage of the offer. He said almost all of his recent clients have been offered the deal.

The Dispatch reported that a Judge in Ohio Judge is mandating Covid-19 vaccines in some probation cases:

A Franklin County judge recently began including vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of defendants’ terms of probation.

Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye said last week he added the vaccine as a condition on three cases in the week of the roughly 20 sentences he imposed.

He said he discussed the matter in open court with the defendants, and they attributed their unvaccinated status to procrastination. None raised any philosophical, medical or religious objection.

“It occurred to me that at least some of these folks need to be encouraged not to procrastinate,” Frye said in an interview. “I think it’s a reasonable condition when we’re telling people to get employed and be out in the community.”

 



 

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