Stories & Endorsements

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Their Stories

Clifford Jones’ Story

Clifford Jones is the graduate of such a program in Louisiana and is now a board member of Paid in Full Oregon, a pastor in Hillsboro, Oregon, and a living example that this program works!

Brad Ballantyne’s Story

Brad Ballantyne is one of our current students. Watch his amazing story and what Paid in Full Oregon means to him, his family & those he is called to serve on the inside.

Darrington Prison

How the Scriptures, and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, both transform lives, even in prison.

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I have personally witnessed the powerful effect of inmates being trained in God’s Word for the purpose of ministering to others. Not only have the hearts of men been changed, but the prison system itself has been revolutionized!

Dr. James Gleason

Lead Pastor, Sonrise Church, Hillsboro

I believe Paid in Full Oregon, in partnership with Corban University, can transform our prison system by developing leaders with character and spiritual maturity.

Ryan Hoppes

CEO, Novus Labs, Board Member for PIFO

Tom Kohl has a gripping personal story and a deep conviction about helping inmates grow spiritually and become leaders with character. This is an example of practical compassion that gives hope.

Kevin Palau

President, Luis Palau Association

There’s no transformational education program anything like PiFO, and what it is about to do for the inmates in our Oregon prison system. Transforming the lives of inmates returning to our communities, along with the ability to earn a college degree and mentor peers while still incarcerated, is an honest win-win.

Dick Withnell

Chair, Oregon Corrections Enterprises’ Advisory Council

An education not only affects the life of an inmate, but everyone else around them – prison staff, fellow inmates and their families. Paid in Full Oregon will allow our inmates to return to their communities with a college degree, hope for the future and the motivation to become a contributor to the common good.

Hon. Raquel Moore-Green

State Representative for House District 19

I have already seen proof that this program model can create deep, lasting change in prison culture through the promotion of moral rehabilitation. Judge Kohl and the PiFO team have worked tirelessly to ensure this degree program was tailored to address the needs of incarcerated students. I am excited to see the change that will … Read More

Burl Cain

Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and retired Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary known as Angola

We all have the ability to profoundly impact and touch lives using the word ofGod and that’s exactly what’s happening within the Oregon prison system. Paid InFull Oregon provides inmates the opportunity to wholly transform their lives, aswell as the lives of those amongst them. These changes will have enduring effectson generations to come, both … Read More

Jill Remensnyder


I moved to California in 1999 with dreams of getting in the film business. I found early and long lasting success in this field. But it was in 2004 when I attended a creative writing class for incarcerated youth, which led me to my life’s passion and work. I have spent the last 16 years … Read More

Scott Budnick

Film Producer