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TJM Measures 2015 Year End Report


By the end of 2015 we will have introduced the Alpha Bible study on their assigned at the Justice Center and have at least 4 chaplains actively involved. This will provide scripturally sound, consistent and proven Bible study for the prisoners. Another value is that it can often be continued when they are moved to another unit, prison or, upon release, in a local church.

This was not achieved in 2015.

In 2015 we will train 2 Worship Team volunteers to assume leadership responsibilities for the Worship Team ministry. We will also have a volunteer leader to facilitate the Alpha Bible studies. By the end of 2015 we will train at least 2 chaplains to go with Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies to deliver death notifications in the event of a prisoner’s death. Sharing knowledge, skills and leadership of this ministry is an important key to the sustainability of our organization and ministry.  

We have trained at least 5 leaders who are helping help train and select New Worship Teams. A group of 4 chaplains are taking increasing responsibility for some the CEO’s responsibilities regarding death notifications.

The volunteer leader for the Alpha Bible studies is identified.

 We will document 25,000 prisoners and 3,000 volunteers worshipping together in the jails during 2015.  To do this we will rely on reports by Worship Teams submitted online and through the mail. We will conduct a random survey of Corrections staff, focusing on changes in behavior / attitude as a result of worship attendance in jail

We documented 29,386 prisoners worshiped with 4,046 volunteers during 2015.

We will document 2,500 hours of service by members of our Adult Jail Chaplaincy Team resulting in at least 1600 prisoner contacts in 2015.  To do this we will use the sign in book in the chaplain’s office at the Justice Center and reports submitted online, through the mail and placed in the bin at the chaplain’s office in the Justice Center. As stated above we will also conduct a random survey of Corrections staff around changes in behavior/attitude post chaplaincy interaction.

We fell substantially short of this goal this year, being able to document 1,799 hours. We can document 1,486 chaplaincy contacts.  We believe this change in numbers are largely a result in the way we asked the chaplains to report their activity. We are attempting to have them report their contacts in a way we can better track recidivism.

We will document that we will have a chaplain on scene within 1.5 hours of being requested for all death notifications. A success rate of 100 % will be determined by recording the time/date of request vs. time date of chaplain’s response. Achieving this goal frees up significant officer time and attention in these situations. It also reduces prisoner stress, thereby aiding in jail safety and security.

This year our response time for death notification requests was far less than 15 minutes. Much of this is due to the fact, that in most instances, chaplains were already in the building were there were requested. Still, this is extraordinary given that our chaplains are volunteers.

We will have a chaplain respond by the end of the day for all grief intervention requests. A success rate of 90 % will be determined by recording the time/date of request vs. time date of chaplain’s response.

A chaplain responded by the end of the day in 85% of these instances.

We will average at least 4.75 out of 5.0 evaluation indicating the quality of our training. This will be measured by the responses to evaluations distributed at the end of each training session.

Our average evaluation for all trainings and orientations we conducted in 2015 was 4.81 out of 5.