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.

“Well, I made it here.”

Dear PiFO Supporter, I have been sending essays to our supporters from the students at the Paid in Full Oregon/Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem. This is the seventh essay in a series of over 65 (!) that will be emailed to supporters of PiFO. All the previous ones had…

Mission Accomplished!

Dear PiFO Supporter, Last week PiFO began its annual campaign for laptop computers for our students. We only needed 20 because last year funds were raised to pay for an additional five computers. The mission has been accomplished! God has provided for the 20 computers within a week of starting the campaign. Praise Him and…

It’s laptop computer time again!

Dear PiFO Supporter, PiFO and Corban are now in the process of recruiting our 4th cohort to attend the four-year college degree program in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem. Adults in custody (AICs) from the other prisons throughout Oregon are eligible to apply for the 25 openings that are available. The application…

If at first you don’t succeed!

Dear PiFO Supporter, Over the last couple of months, I have been sending you essays from our students on how the Paid in Full Oregon/Corban University college degree program has been affecting their lives and the lives of their family members. Here is a testimonial essay from Keith Davis: “Judge Tom Kohl and members of…

“I got baptized … I never want to go back to the old me”

Dear PiFO Supporter, This is the sixth in a series of testimonies about how the Paid in Full Oregon (PiFO) college degree program is impacting the lives of inmates in prison. In partnership with Corban University and the Oregon Department of Corrections, PiFO is providing a free, four-year college degree for student/inmates who are qualified…

“Yes, here I am, send me.”

Dear PiFO Supporter, Here is another testimony from a Paid in Full Oregon/Corban student at the college degree program in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). This is the fifth in a series of essays that I will be sending to supporters of PiFO. Here is a message from J.B.: Judge Tom Kohl and Esteemed…

I Didn’t Know God Before Paid in Full Oregon

Dear PiFO Supporter, Here is another testimonial from one of our students in the Paid in Full Oregon/Corban extension college degree program in OSCI. Your prayers and financial support are not only making an impact on our students’ lives, but you are also making a difference with eternal consequences. Here is our latest letter from…

Another Dividend on Your Investment

Dear PiFO Supporter, As you know, I have been posting a series of emails from our PiFO students at the Corban extension in prison at OSCI. The reactions I am receiving from the supporters of PiFO have been awesome. Here is another dividend on your generous investment from Morgan Bohnsted: Dear supporters of Corban-PiFO at…

Dividends on Your Investment

Dear PiFO Supporter, I have been sending emails to our supporters centered around our students’ essays on the impact of the Paid in Full Oregon program at OSCI. One of our supporters responded to me last week. He was so thankful for these essays. He stated that these essays are like “dividends on his investment.”…