Classes restarted!

On April 24, the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) prohibited any further classroom instruction occurring at our Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). ODOC did this with good reason. They were very concerned about the spread of COVID-19 into OSCI. Except for one or two hotspots in other Oregon prisons, our prison system…

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I was ready to commit suicide in prison

On our new website we have video testimonies from two of our students. One is about Brad, who committed murder and was not held accountable until years later. His testimony is powerful and is filled with hope for the future. The other video is about Morgan, who seriously contemplated suicide in prison. The night he…

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A Mask & A Gun

When Terry was a teenager, his dad came home one day, handed him a mask and a gun and said “Follow me, son.” Terry’s dad was a member of a gang. Terry followed his dad and began to rob banks in a Southwestern state. His dad was so proud of his son. He would even tell his…

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Spring semester completed in spite of COVID!

I mentioned a while back that the Oregon DOC was allowing a Corban staff person to bring in education packets on a weekly basis. The packets contained homework assignments for our students. When the education packets were dropped off, the staff person also picked up homework assignments from the previous week. This went on for…

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