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Clergy Contact Visiting Program

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise.  Psalm 101:1

AngelThe Clergy Contact Visiting Program is designed to assist ordained clergy in their pastoral work inside the jails of Hamilton County, Ohio.  While clergy normally have broader visiting privileges than the general population such visits are non-contact, which means they take place behind glass.  By obtaining credentials within TJM's Clergy Contact Visiting Program, clergy are exempt from the normal restrictions and the following holds true:

  • Visits will take place face-to-face, unobstructed, rather than behind glass and through a telephone.
  • Visits may take place outside the incarcerated person's normal visiting days/hours.
  • Visits do not count against an incarcerated person's one-visit-per-visit-day allowance.

Clergy who are considered ordained within the particular faith group to which they are accountable are eligible for contact visiting privileges through the Clergy Contact Visiting program.  This program allows ordained clergy only to visit any member of their congregation or any incarcerated individual who specifically requests to see them.  It does not allow random access.

To receive Clergy Contact Visiting credentials, applicants are asked to do the following:

  • Submit an application to Transforming Jail Ministries, including documentation of their ordained status within a recognized faith group and to whom they are accountable. 
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check conducted through the Corrections Division of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.  (Alternative background checks will not be accepted.)
  • Attend an orientation session, designed to assist credentialed clergy as they visit in the jails.

Once all of the necessary requirements have been met, applicants receive identification that is valid for two years from the date of the last successfully completed criminal background check.  Background checks must be renewed every two years and the orientation must be repeated every four years.

 For more specifics on the Contact Clergy Visiting Program application process, including upcoming training/orientation dates, click here.