Printed Adverse Childhood Experience survey questions

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 correlation to later-life health risks.

CPP is currently collecting ACE surveys (via Prison Legal NewsI) from incarcerated men and women throughout the U.S. We have already received surveys from 37 different states. Some surveys are accompanied with devastating stories of child abuse and desperate pleas for help, trauma-informed materials and connection to the outside world. These stories have fueled us to take immediate action.

CPP also collects ACE information from communities throughout the world in order to raise awareness as to the shocking prevalence of childhood trauma. You can take the ACE survey here to support us in our efforts.

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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.

ACE Awareness Campaign