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Recognizing the enormity of the challenges our society faces, Ladder Strategies & Solutions is dedicated to making a lasting impact. While our efforts are driven by our organization’s focus, we spread a wide net by investing in a variety of programs. Register with our resources listed below to get the help you deserve.

Prisoners' Rights

Five percent of the world’s population lives in the United States, but our country is home to nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners. The racial makeup in our prisons is also disproportionate. Black people represent 12% of the U.S. adult population, but 33% of the prison population. However, white individuals make up 64% of the U.S. adult population and 30% of prisoners. Donors can play a critical role in advancing criminal justice reform, from ending mass incarceration to addressing disparities. Bookmark this page. It serve you as your launchpad to learn, connect, and take action. Register here now.


America’s legacy of slavery, economic reliance on a captive labor force, and racial biases have resulted in a carceral system that has spiraled out of control. The passing of the 13th Amendment in 1865 guaranteed the end of chattel slavery, but it did not include those convicted of crimes. Racial and economic anxieties following the collapse of the plantation model resulted in the passage of Black Codes and, later, Jim Crow laws. Those laws enlisted the criminal justice system in its campaign for racial control. But the laws, fueled by racist stereotypes that associated blackness with criminality, ensured that large numbers of predominantly black men would be incarcerated indefinitely.


Many contemporary police tactics can be traced back to "slave patrols," or militia groups tasked with policing enslaved people’s behavior and re-capturing runaway slaves. After the civil war, police forces adopted slave patrol tactics, such as hyper surveillance and public beatings, to enforce segregation. Any behavior asserting Black Americans' freedom became illegal, including vagrancy laws disproportionately targeting Black Americans for crimes considered to be mischief or simply insulting gestures.

Today, the U.S. incarcerates enough people that if each state were its own separate country, each state would still rank above every other independent democracy in its incarceration rate.

Impacts of Mass Incarceration

  • BIPOC Communities Black Americans are five times more likely to be stopped without reason than white Americans. Despite making up just under 1% of the population, Native men make up 2.3% of the prison population and Native women make up 2.5% of the women in jails and prisons. Though the U.S. does not keep records on Asian Americans in the prison system, Southeast Asians are five times more likely to be deported for criminal offenses than other immigrants.

  • Disproportionate Impacts on BIPOC Communities. Upon release from prison, formerly incarcerated people have an increased difficulty obtaining jobs and housing. This impacts their ability to make a living after prison, including a 52% average decrease in annual earnings amounting to a loss of nearly $500,000 over a lifetime. Because Black and Latino people are disproportionately represented in prisons, the overwhelming loss of earnings from incarceration has deepened the inequities in Black and Brown communities.

  • Women constitute the fastest-growing population in jails and prisons in the U.S. Those who enter jails and prisons are more vulnerable to a higher liklihood of drug addiction, mental illness. Women also have a higher likelihood for a history of abuse, leaving them at risk. Nearly one-third of all incarcerated women have been detained for issues related to sex work. 

  • One in six trans people and over half of trans-POC have been incarcerated in their lifetime. Queer people, especially queer BIPOC, immigrants, and trans women are more likely to be sex workers. The passage of laws such as SESTA and FOSTA have increased the dangers of sex work by cracking down on online networks where sex workers could screen and flag potentially dangerous clients for other workers. The bill penalizes "the facilitation of prostitution," which carries a 10-year prison sentence. This has forced several sex workers onto the streets, where there is an increased risk of violence, incarceration, and significantly decreased wages. It is especially true for black trans women, who are more likely to be stopped and harassed by police. The criminalization of sex work and drug use avoids the root causes of the problem – discrimination, mental health issues, and poverty – thus making sex workers’ jobs more dangerous and increasing the risk of abuse.


What causes these disparities? People who enter the incarceration system are overwhelmingly poor, with two-thirds of detainees in jail reporting annual incomes of around $16,000 for men and $11,000 for women prior to arrest. However, the median bail for a felony rests at $10,000. Roughly 550,000 Americans not yet convicted of a crime sit in jail largely due to inability to afford bail. Nearly 75% of these individuals are accused of committing low-level drug offenses.

Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is a social movement addressing the unfair exposure of poor and marginalized communities associated with resource extraction, hazardous waste, and other land uses. Register now to receive the help you need right away.

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Homelessness Resources

Every person suffering from homeless has a unique account of the events that led to their struggles. It could have been the result of job loss, trauma, tragedy, violence, addiction, health issues, and more

By the time a person leaves this program, our clients have the skills they need to be independent, as well as the motivation needed to halt the cycle of poverty in their lives. Sign up right away to receive the help you need.

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Wrongful Convictions

In a system marked by official indifference to innocence and error, thousands of people have been wrongfully convicted across the nation. Some studies have shown that a surprising estimate of 4% of those incarcerated are actually innocent. If you need help, sign up now. 

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Voter Education

You have the right to vote in the state of Georgia if you are not on probation or parole and do not have any penalties. You are eligible to vote if you have been charged with a crime, but have not been found guilty or are not currently on probation or parole. Click the link above for more information.

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Health Care

Ladder Solutions studies have shown that multiple measures of socioeconomic status (SES) are indepen­dently associated with health:

  • Education, income, assets, and occupation have indepen­dent and compounding effects over the life course

  • Race and SES affect health in overlapping and indepen­dent effects.

How does SES and Health affect each other over time? SES differences in health exist for almost all health measures and exist across all nations and time. People with higher incomes have health problems too. However, those at the bottom suffer disproportionately poor health. SES in childhood affects adult health, regardless of adult SES.

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Socioeconomic status exposes one to psychosocial and mate­rial conditions that affect the life course, making SES an important determinant of health. Sign up right away to receive the help you need right away.

Rights Restoration

Your rights restoration is a priority for Ladder Strategies and Solutions. In Georgia, your rights may be lost upon conviction. However, according to state law, you may be able to restore your civil and political rights. We can help you. Register now to recieve the assistance you deserve.

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