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TJM Measures 2016 Year End Report


By the end of 2016 we will select new officers for the Transforming Jail Ministries Board and/or reaffirming people in their current positions. As we have identified succession and sustainability as our 2 major areas of concern, a strong Board needs to take the lead.


All Board positions have been filled and the Board is taking more responsibility of the future direction of TJM.  


During 2016 we will have a Worship Team leadership group that can be called upon to explain, interview, and help select new Worship Teams. We will also put in place at least one more one site leader to facilitate Sunday mornings at the Justice Center. Sharing knowledge, skills and leadership of this ministry is an important key to the sustainability of our organization and ministry.  


We established, and used, the Worship Team leadership group in early 2016. We have been unable to find am additional site leader to facilitate Sunday mornings at the Justice Center at this time to compliment the 1 person we currently have serving in that capacity.


We will document 25,000 prisoners and 3,000 volunteers worshipping together in the jails during 2016.  To do this we will rely on reports by Worship Teams submitted online and through the mail. We will continue random surveys of Corrections staff, focusing on changes in behavior / attitude as a result of worship attendance in worship.


We documented 30,852 prisoners worshiped with 3,660 volunteers during 2016.


Beginning early in 2016, at least 1 chaplain will be identified to take a leadership role for the Adult Jail Chaplaincy Team. In addition to the sharing of knowledge, skills and leadership the other thing we want to achieve is greater ownership of the ministry among the volunteers.


While no single person has been identified for a leadership role, many chaplains are expanding their ministry in the jails. This certainly demonstrates greater ownership of the ministry among the volunteer chaplains.


Our Board has approved a review of our ministry by Dr. Thomas Beckner, provided we can get it funded. ($2,000). Contingent upon funding, this will happen in 2016.


This did not happen in 2016 as the Board has been focused on it search for a new CEO.


We will document 2,500 hours of service by members of our Adult Jail Chaplaincy Team resulting in at least 1600 prisoner contacts in 2016. 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. We will continue random surveys of Corrections staff about how prisoner behavior/attitude is affected by contact with volunteer chaplains.


We again fell substantially short (but ahead of last year) of this goal this year, being able to document 1,870.5 hours. We can document 1,401 chaplaincy contacts.  We believe this change in numbers continue to be the result of the way we are asking 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.


There were no requests for us to deliver a death notification in 2016.


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 65% of these instances. The remaining instances were responded to the next day with the understanding of the person requesting the help of a chaplain.


We will average at least 4.8 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. This goes to one of our key areas, and strengths, of helping people grow in jail ministry and as disciples.


Our average evaluation for all trainings and orientations we conducted in 2016 was 4.85 out of 5.