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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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8-part Correctional Officer Trauma-responsive Training The average life expectancy of a correctional officer is 59, the contributing factors being PTSD and trauma. This training focuses on education about the impact of trauma on…

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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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6-part Trauma-informed Curriculum Created to support incarcerated and transitionally housed men and women whom we’ve discovered to have much higher rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) than the general population. The curriculum focuses…

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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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Compassion Prison Publishing During this Covid-19 crisis, programming in most prisons in the United States has been put on hold. In response, CPP developed a “Covid Curriculum” which engages prison residents by gathering…

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Adopt-a-Prison Imagine prisons as places of education, healing and community. Imagine camaraderie between prison residents and correctional officers. We have a comprehensive plan to bring compassion, trauma-informed and trauma-responsive tools to everyone on…

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The Giving Back Project The men at Kern Valley State Prison and Lancaster Prison in Southern California spearheaded The Giving Back Project in early 2020. This initiative identifies creative ways for people who…

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Mastermind: The Heart of Reentry is a Returning Citizens support network. Its purpose is to create a place of safety, compassion and guidance for those reintegrating after incarceration. It is led by community…

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The Healing Toolbox (Under development) These courses will ideally be offered via video on digital tablets and televisions inside prisons. Prison Residents will be able to gently, at their own pace, curate their…

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