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Template:Infobox Court Case State v. Allison was a Georgia court case. Janet Allison was convicted of sexual offences for allowing her (then pregnant) daughter, aged 15, to have sexual intercourse in her home.[1] The events took place in the year 2000. The young couple later married and had a child of their own,[1] but Allison's name has been entered into the sex offenders' register, with various adverse consequences for her life and that of her family.

As a family law matter, the case was not widely-reported in the popular press at the time, but Allison's plight has subsequently attracted attention from publications and television programmes critical of the State of Georgia's stance on sex offenders.[2][3][4][5]

Allison was not given a prison term, but three of her children were taken into foster care. She was obliged to leave her four bedroom home, because it is unlawful for a sex offender to live within a quarter of a mile of a church, and now lives in a mobile home "way off down a dirt road".[3] She is allowed no contact with the daughter involved, nor with her grandchild.[3]

The Southern Center for Human Rights called this outcome "unconstitutional" and has challenged it in the Federal courts.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "America's unjust sex laws". The Economist. 2009-08-06. Archived from the original on 2009-08-20.
  2. Sarah Geraghty (2007). "Challenging the banishment of registered sex offenders from the state of Georgia: A practitioner's perspective". Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 42: 513-. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wendy Koch (2007-02-25). "Sex-offender residency laws get second look". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-08-20.
  4. "Laws end up hurting the not-so-dangerous". The Milford Daily News. Aug 27, 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  5. "Georgia Sex Offender Law". Religion and Ethics Weekly. 2007-01-26. Archived from the original on 2009-08-20.
  6. "Georgia's Sex Offender Law Challenged in Federal Court". Southern Center for Human Rights. 83 Poplar St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. 2006-06-20. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  7. Yung, Corey Rayburn (2007-04). "Banishment By a Thousand Laws: Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders". Washington University Law Review 62 (4): 795-. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
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