[Ed. – If you thought Ohio’s raffle for $1 million to those who had been vaccinated was a bridge too far, try this ‘incentive.’]
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.