About GPDC — Georgia Public Defender Council

In an effort to reconnect families and reduce recidivism, the GPDC started the Ladders leadership development initiative.

Ladders provides transformational education and wraparound services for certain individuals with prior justice system involvement. Participants receive training and certification for an occupational skill at a partnering technical college. They also receive support in the areas of career readiness coaching, mentoring, and job shadowing.

Through targeted case management support, the Ladders program also improves stability in other areas of need, such as family, housing and health.