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Compassion Prison Project (CPP) focuses on bringing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma awareness to prisons and communities. We’ve created compassion-based curricula for people who have experienced ACEs, empowering them with awareness, information and tools for healing.

CPP is innovating to find ways to connect our work through Zoom conferencing and social distancing given the times we live in. CPP’s programs have served several state prisons in person and we are currently running programs over Zoom with great success.

The Prison and Community Outreach team’s goal is to identify local partners, organizations and groups across the globe, connect them to CPP’s curriculum and training and empower them to bring these tools to their local facilities and communities.

When we look at why those kids are in the justice system, we find out they’re there for trauma, toxic stress [that’s] undiagnosed and unaddressed.

James Bell, Executive Director
W. Hayward Burns Institute

Our team is currently working to identify existing programs within the prison system and related organizations to explore collaborative opportunities. We seek to share our vision with a diverse cross-section of individuals, groups and systems related to:

  • Prisons, jails and detention centers
  • Foster care
  • Law enforcement
  • Schools
  • Unhoused populations
  • Community centers

Volunteer with
Compassion Prison Project!

Join us in transforming prisons and communities through compassion.
Check out our Volunteer Opportunities for this project below...

Grass-Roots Researcher

Help us find currently running prison programs, local organizations or groups in your state to see if they’d have interest in collaborating with CPP. Gather emails for prison officials as well as city and state government officials.

Level of Ownership:
Team Member
Time Commitment:
3-4 weeks


Become a State Leader/Coordinator

In your state, track and communicate with prison programs and organizations interested in offering Compassion Prison Project curriculums in their local communities. 

Level of Ownership:
Project Leader
Time Commitment: 


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CPP is a not-for-profit, grassroots-based organization. Big changes are made in small steps and we value the amount of every donation. Your contribution directly supports CPP's projects to achieve its mission to transform prisons and communities through compassionate action. All donations are tax deductible. Please consider donating today.

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