SALEM — California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, the nation’s largest religious broadcaster, announced recently that it is partnering with the Oregon Department of Corrections to launch several of TBN’s most popular inspirational networks in all 14 of the state’s correctional facilities through TBN Second Chance, the network’s initiative to take life-changing faith programming to prisons across the nation.
Since its launch in 2007, TBN Second Chance has provided TBN’s 24-hour inspirational programming to more than 750 prisons in more than 30 states, impacting a potential of nearly one million inmates.
TBN covers the cost of equipment and installation, providing inmates with up to four of its popular faith networks: TBN’s flagship channel, its JUCE network for young adults, the popular TBN Church Channel, and the Enlace Spanish-language faith network.
Mark Reynolds, national director for TBN Second Chance, said the program gives inmates 24-hour access to church and ministry programs, Bible studies, engaging talk shows, clean movies and comedy, extreme sports, music, and many other types of programs. Reynolds noted that it has the potential of impacting nearly 15,000 men and women incarcerated in Oregon’s state correctional facilities.
“These powerful networks, installed by TBN Second Chance in correctional facilities across America, are helping to plant seeds of hope and healing in the lives of tens of thousands of men and women serving time in prison,” said Reynolds. “Through the help and prayer of our many partners, along with the planning and mutual agreement of the state’s correctional officials, we look forward to this same success throughout Oregon’s prison facilities.”
Oregon is not the first state to welcome the program into all of its prisons. In one example, TBN Second Chance has installed its select networks in all California state prisons, including two of its most notorious — Folsom Prison, with more than 3,000 inmates, and San Quentin, where more than 5,000 inmates in California’s oldest correctional facility have access to TBN’s channels.