Classes begin!

Gustavo was 20 years old when he made the biggest mistake of his life. Now, he’s serving a life sentence. But this week marks a new chapter in his life and the lives of 24 other student inmates. Classes started yesterday in Oregon’s first of its kind bachelors degree program in its prison system. Everyone…

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What does GOD call a prisoner?

What does GOD call a prisoner? FORGIVEN! This week we saw a dramatic example of how the power of forgiveness in Christ grabbed the headlines. A Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced for the shooting death of her unarmed neighbor in his apartment, and at her sentencing, the victim’s 18-year-old brother Brandt Jean publicly…

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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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