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Mission Statement

With compassion for those who have nowhere else to turn, Humanity for    Prisoners  HFP) provides personalized problem-solving services for    
people in prison.

Our Vision

Every person in prison knows they matter

Our Values

○ Humanity

○ Responsiveness

○ Empathy

○ Responsibility

○ Justice

○ Hope

What we do

HFP, in collaboration with strategic partners, works one-on-one with people in prison to provide personalized services which empower them to receive support and assistance. Key areas of focus include: navigating the prison system, advocating for healthcare, gaining access to public documents, preparing for parole board hearings, and reconnecting with lost family and friends. We always listen; we always respond.

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!

Click here to learn a little more about ways we could make that happen.

About: About Us


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.


We respond to every request we receive.

Personalized and compassionate problem-solving services for persons serving time in order to alleviate suffering beyond the administration of their sentences – for people who don’t know where to turn.

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