Compassion Prison Project began as the brainchild of award-winning producer Fritzi Horstman, whose own childhood trauma helped shape its conception. Over the course of several months in 2019-2020, Fritzi and a dedicated team of facilitators and volunteers partnered with incarcerated men at a Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP), a maximum-security prison in Central California. Together, they created powerful tools to address and heal from childhood trauma.
In response, CPP has developed several projects which support our goal of creating trauma-informed prisons throughout the U.S. and internationally. This means trauma-informed awareness for both those behind bars and those working within the prison system. CPP’s ultimate mission is to transform prisons into healing and education centers so that the most traumatized people in our society can be supported and cared for.
As the recognition of Compassion Prison Project has grown, volunteers from across the world have come forth to help spread awareness about ACEs and childhood trauma. CPP Volunteers (Compassion Ambassadors) include currently and formerly incarcerated men and women, family members, therapists and psychologists, artists, writers, college students, community activists and more.