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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


Please take 15 minutes to view this video about Maurice Carter, the person whose influence inspired the founding of our organization. During a ten-year battle for Maurice’s freedom, Doug Tjapkes and Maurice Carter become brothers, and also became convinced that an organization should be formed to help other folks in prison. In 2001, Doug founded INNOCENT, with a goal to help wrongfully convicted inmates. In the years to follow, it soon became apparent that all prisoners deserved humane care and treatment, and that wasn’t happening. In 2008, our directors found a name that better reflected our mission and our goals – HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS.


Over nearly two decades, HFP has become a leading advocate for state prisoners in Michigan. It is our only job. Our staff, volunteers, and physician/attorney consultants respond to thousands of requests for assistance, and have touched the lives of more than 10% of the Michigan prison population! 


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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