Thank you for visiting Humanity for Prisoners!
Some people call us a ministry, doing God’s work.
Other folks call it necessary humanitarian work.
Our staff, clients, volunteers, and Board of Directors are diverse individuals with diverse beliefs. We are people from different backgrounds and life experiences who find strength and solidarity in the work we do together.
What we have in common is that we all come to Humanity for Prisoners because of our shared idea that it is right and good. We unite in our belief that all persons serving time and their loved ones deserve to be treated with humanity, kindness, and dignity without exception.
We are full of gratitude for our supporters, volunteers, and donors
who choose to share themselves with us and, together, help us
in offering one-on-one problem-solving services.
If you are not already involved in our work, we are so glad you’re here
and we would love to welcome you into our community!
Doug Tjapkes formed the organization in 2001 based on a dream of his best friend, Maurice Carter, who had been behind bars for 29 years for a crime he did not commit. He met the challenge of Carter, who stated that he wanted to convert this negative into a positive and help others who have been wrongly convicted and serve as an advocate for all prisoners with special needs. It was their dream that the two would work together upon his release from prison. That was not to happen
The courts rejected a four-year legal effort headed up by the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Meanwhile, while incarcerated, Maurice contracted Hepatitis C and a serious staph infection. Governor Jennifer Granholm commuted his sentence for medical reasons in July 2004. He enjoyed only three months of freedom. He died at the age of 60 in October 2004, before he could qualify for a liver transplant.