PENITENTIARY SYSTEM ABOLISHED IN GEORGIA.
From the Augusta Chronicle.
1st section enacts, that, after the passage of the act, it shall not be lawful to imprison any person within the Penitentiary, for any crime which he may hereafter commit against the laws of the State.
2d. section. That whenever, hereafter, any person shall commit any offense, which is now punished by confinement in the Penitentiary, such person convicted thereof, shall be punished in the manner prescribed for such offence by the laws of force in the State on the 18th December, 1816.
3d. section. That whenever any person shall commit an offence, which, by the laws now in force, would subject him to confinement in the Penitentiary, and which offenses were created by statute since 18th Dec. 1816, such persons, convicted thereof, shall be punished by whipping on the bare back, not exceeding 39 lashes, and a fine at the discretion of the court.
4th. When any offence has been committed heretofore against the laws of the State, which would, on conviction, subject the offender to confinement in the Penitentiary, such persons, not yet tried ' sentenced, shall, on conviction thereof, be imprisoned in the Penitentiary in obedience to the laws now in force.
5th. That if any offence is hereafter committed, for which the offender would, upon conviction, be imprisoned in the Penitentiary, and for which no punishment is prescribed by this act, the same shall hereafter be punished by fines or whipping, or imprisonment at the discretion of the court.