NOBTSNew Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
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In short, according to the director of the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union, the revocation of Pell Grant eligibility in 1994 left Angola structurally dependent upon the religious charity of NOBTS for continued access to higher education resources, leading the organization to conclude that litigating the constitutionality of Angola's Christian seminary would ultimately be inhumane, rendering its inmates even more destitute than before.
Hyde, Robert 2015 "'Get Over Yourself!': Quotations and Lessons from Class Lectures in NOBTS Angola Prison Seminary." Unpublished document by Angola inmate.
Perhaps the most important job being performed by NOBTS graduates today is the role of reentry mentor.
The large majority of the lifers who serve as mentors to the young men sentenced to the reentry program are graduates of NOBTS. These mentors were selected by ranking security officers based on their long and proven record of working well with security and other staff, as well as their willingness to dedicate their time and effort to helping others.
In addition to the NOBTS graduates who are guiding these young men to a more disciplined mindset and moral life, other inmates are teaching job skills to the reentry program participants.
Due to heavy budget cuts and staff shortages in recent years, most of the instructors for educational, vocational and life-skills programming are also inmates who have earned their degrees from NOBTS. It is not uncommon for these mentors to put in 14- to 18-hour days when one of their mentees is dealing with strenuous issues.