California Prison Murals

As part of the The Giving Back Project, the men at Kern Valley State Prison are planning to create a mural which incorporate iconic images of all the communities that the men call home. Avenal State Prison has led the charge, creating scenes of the cities and communities that make California such a special place. See some of their work below…

Painted mural of various people and groups inside cafeteria
Landscape mural of the USA
Outside mural of bear and outdoors with government building
City of Avenal outdoor mural
Mural of American flag with bald eagle
Mural of stars and stripes and Statue of Liberty
Mural of various athletes playing sports
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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.

California Prison Murals