SENIOR JUDGE TOM KOHL
Prison anger, violence, drugs, gangs and depression will not be solved by getting tougher on crime, building more prisons, or raising taxes. These issues can only be resolved by transforming inmates spiritually and morally and building self-confidence through education and support.
Paid in Full Oregon, in partnership with Corban University, is putting a fully accredited four-year college program in the Oregon State Correctional Institution. The graduates of this program will grow in their faith, heal their hearts, and give back to their community by providing peer mentor services within the prison system.
REASON AND MOTIVATION
We are a nonprofit organization founded by retired Senior Judge Tom Kohl and Pastor Rich Jones. Both Tom and Rich have experienced the pain of losing their daughters to brutal murder. Their vision is to impact inmates spiritually, transforming their pain into the purpose of giving meaning and hope to the lives of inmates in Oregon prisons. “The greatest enemy of a prison inmate is lack of hope,” said Burl Cain, long-time warden at Angola Prison in Louisiana.
Does it work?
Yes. Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and other states have seen dramatic outcomes to the inmate population through similar college programs. Graduates have become spiritual leaders where the culture of the prison is transformed from within. Angola was infamous as the most violent and bloodiest maximum-security prison in the country. In 1992 Angola experienced 1,346 assaults, both inmates-on-inmate and inmate-on-staff. After implementing the bible seminary program at Angola, assaults have seen dramatic reductions. In 2015, there were only 343 assaults, a decrease of 75%. * * The Angola Prison Seminary, a research publication conducted by Baylor University.
Paid In Full and Corban University anticipate the launch of this accredited four-year degree program in the fall semester of 2018.
How to partner with US
DONATE: Become a monthly supporter; we are looking for individuals and organizations willing to support this program on a regular, monthly basis. To set up contributions, please click here.