SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - A former prisoner says he wants to be a productive member of society, but the judicial system is making that nearly impossible, because he has been banned from four counties.
Isaac Simon can't set foot in the very counties where he could work and live with family.
He says the Superior Creek Lodge is the only place he can find to live because of part of his punishment that he believes is hurting him, his family, and the community.
It's been his home after spending 16 years in prison, but his family is running out of money to pay the rent.
He says he just wants a fair chance with society, but he's not getting that chance.
"He's learned his lesson. He's ready to go to work, ready to contribute and be a help to his family," said Simon's attorney Je'Nita Lane.
Simon was convicted of robbery by intimidation for taking a pack of matches from a Poulan store, a conviction which was later overturned.
He finished his sentence for burglary and simple battery in December, but is now banned from Worth, Tift, Turner and Irwin Counties for five years, keeping him from moving in with his mother or sister in Worth County.
"He don't have a job, no money, don't know where he's going to go," said Simon's sister Bernita Douglas. "How do they think he's suppose to make it? My momma's borrowing money. I'm borrowing money to pay his rent."
Simon was offered jobs in Worth and Tift Counties but couldn't take them.
Simon's attorney says the punishment doesn't fit the crime.
"He's not a murderer, he's not a rapist or a child molester, but those people are still able to commit crimes, be convicted and still live in Worth County."
Lane filed a motion in July with the Superior Court in Worth County to lift the ban. They have been waiting on a response.