What do YOU call an inmate?

What do YOU call an inmate? Prisoner? Criminal? Offender? Throwaway?  These and many other names label men behind bars. The Department of Corrections is officially changing the designation of “inmate” to “adult in custody,” AIC. But those who will start their bachelor’s degree program in two weeks are thrilled to be given a new name:…

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Chains broken here!

I’ll call him “Al” and he’s in for 20 years. Bound up in the chains of drug addiction, and desperate for cash, he did some bad stuff. But today, his chains are broken through Christ and he’s a model inmate who wrote in his application essay “I’m fully convinced that loving and helping others is…

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Mercy triumphs over judgment!

As a Judge for twenty years in the criminal justice system, I’ve sent hundreds of people to prison. Abraham Lincoln once said: “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” And I agree. The scripture says, “Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (James 2:13) Here is your opportunity to show mercy to a prisoner in…

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A beautiful moment

I’ll call him “Jason” and he’s made some horrific mistakes. But as of last week, Jason is now a student enrolled in the Corban University extension at the Oregon State Correctional Institution. His application essay scored 100 out of 100 points, and I’ll let you see why. He wrote… “Ever since I’ve come into a…

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Save the Date! November 9, 2019

November 9, 2019 6 to 8:30 p.m. Paid in Full Oregon’s Fall Banquet BREAKING CHAINS Giving inmates the opportunity to rise above their past to a better future! This Fall, Paid in Full Oregon, in partnership with Corban University, will launch the first ever bachelor’s degree program for inmates in Oregon’s prison system. Please join…

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Another step forward!

I have some more great news! Corban University has hired our first program director for Paid in Full Oregon’s education program at the Oregon State Correctional Institution. His name is Dr. Amit Bhatia, and he comes to us from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. For the past several years, Dr. Bhatia has taught courses…

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