Our story begins with the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003, which established the Georgia Public Defender Council.
Tasked with overseeing Georgia’s indigent defense system for persons accused of crimes, our mission is to ensure that each client represented by a circuit public defender receives a legal defense that is:
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.