Incarcerated man's hands holding a variety of colorful origami cranes

The men have spent dozens of hours creating Origami art to send messages of hope and positivity to the foster youth in California.

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Drawing of polar bear laying down next to wrapped gift

Artists are donating their artwork to create a box of greeting cards to sell around the holidays. Proceeds will be divided up between the various Giving Back Projects.

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Sketch of tormented beings and faces

Through song, dance, poetry, movement, music and spoken word, the men hold performances to raise money for their Giving Back Projects

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Group of incarcerated men and CPP volunteers with big check for breast cancer fundraiser

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, men who are currently incarcerated at Kern Valley State Prison in Facility A and Facility C raised $6,551.58 for the Susan G. Komen Northern & Central California division. The men from Facility A raised $2,133.34, spearheaded the fundraiser and collaborated with the Compassion Prison Project which emphasizes giving back to the community as part of…

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Mural of American flag and bald eagle

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…

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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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