Yes. Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and other states have seen dramatic outcomes to the inmate population through similar college programs. Graduates have become spiritual leaders where the culture of the prison is transformed from within.
Angola was infamous as the most violent and bloodiest maximum-security prison in the country. In 1992 Angola experienced 1,346 assaults, both inmates-on-inmate and inmate-on-staff. After implementing the bible seminary program at Angola, assaults have seen dramatic reductions. In 2015, there were only 343 assaults, a decrease of 75%. *
* The Angola Prison Seminary, a research publication conducted by Baylor University.
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Here’s how you can help: The Oregon Department of Corrections has dedicated almost 3000 ft2 of space for classrooms, study hall, computer lab, and offices, but these need to be renovated before they can be used. We need to add a sprinkler system, add walls to make classrooms, remove old carpet which includes asbestos abatement, etc. We need one-time donations totaling $375,000. A one-time donation of any amount will help us reach this goal.
In order to fund the ongoing classroom instruction and the administration of the statewide program, we are asking for 1000 people to partner with us with $25 support monthly. If you can afford to donate more, that would be wonderful, but even $25 per month will help us reach our goal. We are also asking 250 churches to add us to their missions budgets in the amount of $100 per month. If you can recommend us to your missions director, that would be a great help in accomplishing our goal.
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