Logo for Trauma Talks, a video series from CPP

Trauma Talks

Trauma Talks is a 16-part video/workbook series which educates prison residents about their traumas, so they can find resilience, self-regulate to calm their nervous systems, reduce prison aggression and become

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Compassion Trauma Circle

Similar to the circle seen in our short film Step Inside the Circle, CPP runs Zoom community circles with people dialing in from all over the world. These Circles explore

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ACE Awareness Campaign

CPP’s work with prisons and communities is based on the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study which is one of the largest investigations into childhood abuse, neglect and its

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Letter Writing Campaign

We’ve been told by several prison residents that nothing brightens their day more than hearing their name called during mail call. We’ve also heard from letter writers on the outside

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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.