The Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution has a variety of programs that foster inmate rehabilitation. These programs deserve center stage in the media more often.

One such program is Education for Ministry (E.F.M.), a non-denominational four-year class that focuses on group discussion and studies in church history and theology. In our studies we are encouraged to reflect on our own beliefs and in doing so we often find thinking patterns and behaviors to change for the better. The class helps to shape in a productive manner our spiritual, social, and mental well-being which equates to a healthier lifestyle. Three-fourths of E.F.M. participants and fellow graduates lived in the "privileged housing unit" for inmates with proven long-term behavior and program compliance.

Personal thanks to the department of corrections for promoting programs that enrich our lives and set our feet on a path to success.

Eric Wray

Inmate, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution

Pendleton

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