Questions? Answers?

Have you ever had any questions about PiFO? For example—when were we founded? Are we a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization? What is our goal? Who do we partner with? How many students are in our first cohort? What are the qualifications for students? Is there a faith requirement? All are important and meaningful questions and we…

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37 years behind bars

Dear Supporters of PiFO, The summer semester has started at the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI)! The professors are not allowed to come in and teach yet, but educational packets with instructions and homework assignments are being distributed to our students. You can pray that, hopefully, by August, the doors will…

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It’s laptop time again!

Last year PiFO purchased 28 (3 extra for backups) laptop computers for our first cohort of students attending the Corban extension in the Oregon State Correctional Institution. The computers, called Securebooks, are specifically designed for the prison environment. They are “see-through,” and they have no USB ports. Data on them is uploaded and downloaded by…

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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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