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.

“…reality in prison is most inconvenient for me”

Dear PiFO Supporter, As we close this year, I look back in awe on how God has provided for the Paid in Full Oregon/Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). God’s provision has been evidenced by your prayers, your financial assistance and His special favor. There are three cohorts attending college in prison.…

Was I worthy enough?

Dear PiFO Supporter, This time of year, as we remember what God has done for us, whether it be an undeserved blessing, or a blessing disguised as a challenge, and as we contemplate how we are going to bless others through our year-end gifts, let’s keep in mind the last, the least, and the lost. …

If at first you don’t succeed…REDUX!

Dear PiFO Supporter, Over the last year, I have been sending copies of letters received from the students in the Paid in Full Oregon/Corban University college degree program at OSCI. I came across one that I had sent earlier which impacted me again…thus REDUX! Here it is: “First, I want to thank all of you…

Hope for the future

Dear PiFO Supporter, Below is another letter from one of our students in the Corban Extension at the Oregon State Correctional Institution expressing how he has been impacted by the Paid in Full Oregon/Corban program. I have been sending these letters to supporters of PiFO over the last several months. This one is especially hopeful…

Great news on Murdock grant!

Dear PiFO Supporter, About a year and half ago the board of PiFO applied for a grant to hire its first full-time executive director (ED). The application was made to the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, WA. I have been volunteering as the ED since the beginning of PiFO in 2017. The Murdock…

“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 praise…

It’s laptop 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 deadline…

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…