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Those who experience the Compassion Trauma Circle and learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences and the symptoms of trauma, feel a sense of relief, self-forgiveness and community support. It has given them awareness about their past and has opened a doorway to new levels of understanding, compassion and healing.

Step Inside the Circle is a call to action: to spread the word about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). It is a call to recognize the physical, emotional and social impact ACEs have wrought upon society and to stress the importance of care (not punishment) going forward in the prison system.

Our second short film, Honor Yard, explores the impact of childhood trauma by examining the symptoms of trauma. We witness some personal sharing by the men living and healing in a prison yard in California.

Here’s how we’re making a difference

Here are a few of our ongoing projects designed to bring trauma-awareness and increased human connection to those affected by childhood trauma and incarceration.

Trauma Talks
Trauma Talks is a 12-part video/workbook series which educates prison residents about their traumas, so they can find resilience, self-regulate
Compassion Trauma Circle
Similar to the circle seen in our short film Step Inside the Circle, CPP runs Zoom community circles with people
ACE Awareness Campaign
CPP’s work with prisons and communities is based on the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study which is one
8-part Correctional Officer Trauma-Responsive Training
The average life expectancy of a correctional officer is 59, the contributing factors being PTSD and trauma.This training focuses on
The Giving Back Project
The men at Kern Valley State Prison and Lancaster Prison in Southern California spearheaded The Giving Back Project in early
Letter Writing Campaign
We’ve been told by several prison residents that nothing brightens their day more than hearing their name called during mail

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Fritzi Horstman

Founder and Executive Director

 

Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

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