No New Jail Beds

No New Jail Beds

The number one charge for women incarcerated is forgery (ie writing bad checks) and the majority of women incarcerated and/or detained in Georgia are there for non-violent offenses like shoplifting or simple drug possession. Currently, the Fulton County Jail is so over-capacity that women are forced to sleep on the floor in the jail and the County is spending even more money to ship these women to the Union City Jail.  When a woman is locked up, it can result in her losing her job, her home and/or her children – all of which have much broader consequences and none of which make anyone in our community safer.  Instead of wasting tax-payer dollars by detaining women who are neither a public safety nor flight risk, Women on the Rise is fighting to have that money (and the women) diverted into community programs and services that are able to address root causes (like drug addition, mental health, lack of jobs) so we can build safer and stronger communities.