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Adult Jail Chaplaincy

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.  Matthew 25:35-36

When you are incarcerated, there are few options and many moments of indecision and confusion.  Transforming Jail Ministries provides chaplains to counter those moments.  At each jail facility in Hamilton County, trained chaplains TJM Chaplaincyspend time in conversation, in prayer and in reflection with the incarcerated men and women.  Their fundamental role is to be available; their fundamental task is to respond to the incarcerated men and women who have requested to see a chaplain.

Currently, there are more than thirty TJM chaplains in Cincinnati, each assigned to a jail facility in Hamilton County.  Our chaplains represent 27 congregations and12 denominations.  Each chaplain is available to those incarcerated, regardless of denomination, church affiliations or belief history.  Our chaplains are trained to be present and meet people wherever they are in their personal journey, spiritual or otherwise.  

 Light in jailWhat our chaplains do:

  • Listen

  • Pray with and for those in jail, as well as their families

  • Respond to requests to meet with the incarcerated men and women

  • Alert administration of any individual safety or perceived psychological concerns

What our chaplains do NOT do:

  • Administer legal advice

  • Enter into any financial relationships with those in jail

  • Commiserate about crimes, discuss cases or blame the system
  • Make phone calls to attorneys or families on behalf of the incarcerated population

    TJM Chaplain
  • Discuss the content of any conversation with other chaplains, families or jail staff (unless a security concern exists)

To become a candidate for a TJM chaplain, interested individuals must complete an application form and complete at 13-week training course. Eligible candidates are at least 21 years of age and must be able to pass a criminal background check. 

To see a list of the current Transforming Jail Ministries chaplains, click here.