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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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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New Website, Ricky Who?

During this COVID-19 break, I have had an opportunity to get some things done that were being neglected. For example, spending more time in scripture and prayer, intensive gardening, long walks and catching up with old friends. But the one thing that really needed attention was the revamping of our website. So while I was…

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Breaking Chains II

BREAKING CHAINS II Join your fellow supporters of Paid in Full Oregon, Corban University and the Oregon Department of Corrections in celebrating the new academic year for our second year students and our brand new Freshmen. Hear from the students on the impact of being in the Northwest’s first four-year college degree program.

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Free in Prison

When I led a group of Oregon officials on a field trip to Angola Prison in January of 2015, they experienced something that was totally unanticipated. The group consisted of two state senators, two state representatives, a Department of Corrections person, a Criminal Justice Commission representative, someone from the Attorney General’s office and several other…

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