Robyn Hasan speaks out on “horrific” conditions in Atlanta jails

August 4, 2023

“For years, Fulton County has struggled to manage a number of challenges, including overcrowding that prompted a push by county officials to expand the jail system. Fulton County commissioners approved a partnership with the city of Atlanta in August to lease a portion of the city jail for four years, despite pushback from a number of advocacy groups.

“‘Our jails and prisons don’t work as far as rehabilitation,’ said Robyn Hasan, a formerly incarcerated woman and the executive director with Women on the Rise, an Atlanta-area organization on the front lines of demanding improvements to Fulton County jails. ‘If there’s nothing being done to rehabilitate people, then when they come home there is going to be a repeated cycle of offenses.'”

A new investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice highlights inhumane treatment in the Fulton County jail system, where people can be held for months without a conviction. Leading with Conviction™ 2022 graduate Robyn Hasan spoke with The 19th News about the lasting harm caused by inhumane conditions behind bars.


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