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July 5, 2022

Fritzi Horstman: Founder of Compassion Prison Project and Creator of "Step Inside the Circle"

Fritzi Horstman: Founder of Compassion Prison Project and Creator of

In this episode,  I sit down with Grammy award winning producer, filmmaker and activist, Fritzi Horstman in a compelling conversation discussing her very powerful documentary "Step Inside the Circle." We discuss trauma, particularly childhood trauma, what it does to the brain, body and spirit, its horrific effect on incarcerated men and women as well as society as a whole.

We chatted about the Adverse Childhood Experience Survey (ACE Survey) that helps one discover how much trauma they experienced in their early childhood years.  Childhood trauma is the primary reason why men and women end up in the prison system.  Fritzi went over the benefits for us as a society to have a shift on how we view crime and punishment vs rehabilitation.
Other topics covered were:
* The power of healing circles
* The 13th Amendment and what changes are in order
* Increase in inmate wages
* Programs to increase a feeling of self worth and belonging
* The impact solitary confinement has on young minds.
* Gabor Mate's thoughts on why one man with an ACE 10 score ends up in prison, but another family member with a 10 score does not.
* Converting prisons to "Healing Centers"
* What constitutes "Violence?"
* The Compassion Prison Project Letter Writing Campaign

And Fritzi pressed me with some questions that forced me to take a hard look at some childhood trauma that I experienced and may still be showing up in areas of my life.

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.

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