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!

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



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.