Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Project an organization dedicated to bringing compassion, childhood trauma awareness and creative inspiration to all men and women living behind bars.

She directed “Step Inside the Circle,” after working with 30 incarcerated men living at Kern Valley State Prison for over a year and learning about the extent of their childhood trauma.

With 95% of the men and women incarcerated eventually returning home, Fritzi believes it is imperative that we address the chronic mental health issues in prison with compassion, common sense and a sense of urgency.