Click below to watch an edited replay of the RIPPLE EFFECT, a celebration of how lives are changing.

Our Challenge:

Prison anger, violence, drugs, gangs and depression will not be solved by getting tougher on crime, building more prisons, or raising taxes

Our Purpose:

Paid in Full Oregon, Corban University and the Oregon Department of Corrections have partnered to provide Adults in Custody (AIC’s) a fully accredited bachelor’s degree; transforming our students into spiritual and moral leaders who will impact the entire prison population throughout the State of Oregon.

In the early 90’s, Louisiana’s Angola Prison was considered the most violent and bloodiest maximum-security prison in the country. After implementing a Bible seminary program at Angola, both adults in custody-on-adults in custody and adults in …

Corban’s history stretches back to 1935 when it began as a small Bible institute in Phoenix, Arizona. You’ll notice, as you dive into Corban’s story, that the school has been called by several different names. Each name marks a significant season in Corban’s history …

Oregon Department of Corrections and Oregon State Correctional Institution have partnered with Paid in Full Oregon to provide classroom space, recommend and approve AIC’s for the program, and place graduates in positions throughout the prison system …

Transforming Lives:

Transforming convicted felons into spiritual leaders and then sending those leaders throughout the entire Oregon prison system to transform the lives of others is the heart of the mission and purpose of Paid in Full Oregon.

Updates & Archives

JUDGE TOM KOHL ON THE ERIC METAXAS SHOW | WNYM AM 970

Listen to the full interview (55min) from Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. In this interview Judge Tom Kohl discusses how he forgave the man who murdered his daughter, then went on to introduce a new way of looking at prison culture using biblical principles.

Giving Tuesday

Hello PiFO Supporter, Tomorrow (11/30/21) is Giving Tuesday. It is the biggest day of generosity worldwide. It is a day of changing lives. It is a day where your gift can transform the life of an inmate in an Oregon prison for eternity.  This is just a short note to remind you to pray about…

The Oregon Story

Hello PiFO Supporter, Over the last few months, I have had the privilege to travel to Boston, MA, Frankfort, KY, and Lincoln, NE to help in fulfilling the mission of an organization I’m involved in, Prison Seminaries Foundation (PSF).  PSF was founded and is led by Burl Cain, who is the retired warden of the…

Meet Professor Scott

Hello PiFO Supporter, Periodically, I highlight a Corban professor who is teaching a class at the Coban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). This month I want to introduce you to Professor John B. Scott. Professor John Scott graduated from Multnomah University with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Education. He graduated from…

Fall Classes Start at OSCI

Hello Paid in Full Oregon Supporter, Fall classes have started for our students in the Corban extension at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). We now have three cohorts attending at OSCI. Our 2019 cohort is starting their junior year, our 2020 cohort is starting their sophomore year and our 2021 cohort is starting their…

A Grateful Mother

Every once in a while I get a note from a supporter of PiFO, or a friend or a family member that fills my tank for weeks. I would like to share a recent one. This is the shortest email that I have ever written to supporters of PiFO, but this message from a grateful…

What’s Going On In Prison?

Hello, Paid In Full Oregon Supporter, Here is an email I received from a Department of Corrections staff person a while back. It shows the impact our students are now having in the Corban extension at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). “Good morning Judge Kohl, I wanted to share a little ray of sunshine during…

You Did It! You Gave 30 Laptops

PiFO began its campaign for 25 laptops on June 15 to supply to each student in our third cohort with a laptop. Classes begin this fall for all three of our cohorts.   By July 1, when I sent out the second email for the computer campaign, we had received donations and pledges for 16…

Only Nine Laptops To Go!

In my last email on June 15 our third annual campaign for the Securebook laptop was launched. This is the first time in the history of the Oregon Department of Corrections that AICs have been allowed to use and possess individual laptops. We need to purchase 25 more laptops for our third cohort of students.…

It’s Laptop Time, Again!

Time flies by! PiFO and Corban have started the recruitment process for our third cohort of students. Our sophomore cohort and freshmen cohort are finishing up their first session of summer classes. The summer session consists of three five-week single classes which are very intense. Laptop Fundraiser Our students are also learning how to use…