Jail cell with heart shape in bars

CPP’s new pilot program, “Trauma Talks”, is an innovative video series with accompanying workbook. “Trauma Talks” brings substantial trauma education and healing tools to our nation’s prisons, for both residents and staff. As part of our “Trauma Talks” launch, on September 8th and 9th CPP is hosting an historic event at Valley State Prison (VSP) in California. 150+ men living…

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Man sitting in hot prison cell

In any situation, high temperatures can be dangerous, even deadly. Those on medications or with high blood pressure are even more at risk. Maintaining reasonable temperatures within prisons has been a long standing problem. In addition to the medical risks, heat triggers more fights and psychiatric emergencies.   An inmate at Rikers Island Prison, Jerome Murdaugh, fifty-six, mentally ill, an…

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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.

Heat in prison could be deadly for those inside