Meet Professor Sam!

Dear Supporters of PiFO, In October, the fall semester will begin at the Corban University extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). At the beginning of each semester, I let you know about the subjects that are going to be taught and the professors from Corban who will be teaching them. This week I…

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Beyond expectations!

Dear Supporters of PiFO, I want to share a note from Dr. Amit Bhatia, the Program Director for the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Under Dr. Bhatia’s leadership the program is excelling beyond what was ever expected! Here is an excerpt from a report Dr. Bhatia recently gave to the Salem…

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Remorse, regret, hope

Dear Supporters of PiFO, As you all know, I frequently write about students in our first cohort at the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Let me introduce you to Michael. Michael was driving a vehicle that crashed and resulted in the death of his wife and his seven year old step-son.…

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Don’t call me a “guard!”

Dear Supporters of PiFO, Throughout my travels to prisons across the country I have encountered stories of rehabilitation, redemption and restoration. Most of them have involved inmates. But this story is about a corrections’ staff person that I met in another state. Fortunately, it represents only a small percentage of attitudes among some staff. But…

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