Who We Serve


At the base, our focus is on those individuals in jail--whether someone is incarcerated for a day or a year.  What we know, however, is that what we do doesn't happen in a vacuum. TJM is committed to serve whomever God places in our path along the way.


Our commitment:

  1. We transform the very culture of the jail through our presence.

  2. We transform individual lives through our availability.

  3. We transform the quality of jail ministry through training, relationships and prayer.

In working toward those goals, we are available to spend time with families as they move in and out of the correctional facilities. We share in their prayers and answer any questions we can. 

In serving the various facilities, we spend time with corrections officers. The work they do brings its own unique set of challenges and we avail ourselves to any security staff who seeks a listening ear.

In determining how to best function as an organization, we spend time with jail staff/administration. Our job descriptions may be different, but it all works best when we exploit our strengths.

In gathering information about other ministries and providing training, we serve the larger communitybecause issues of incarceration touch us all. As we do what we do at TJM, the circle widens and transformation takes place. All because of people. All with God's grace.


Transforming Jail Ministries serves in several local corrections and rehabilitation facilities in Hamilton Co., Ohio. Our volunteers meet those in jail where they are, understanding they are the guests of those they visit with.

The Hamilton County Justice Center

Located on Sycamore Street between 9th St. and Central Parkway, this is the largest and most secure jail facility operated by Hamilton County. In fact, the Justice Center is one of the 25-largest county jails in the nation. It consists of two five-story buildings connected by a walkway at the second floor level. Anyone who is arrested in Hamilton County is first taken to this location to await ajudication or release. The Justice Center houses both men and women and averages 1,300+ residents daily.

1617 Reading Road

Talbert House provides the treatment at this facility, with sheriff's officers providing security.  Women are housed on the first and second floors.  Men in extended treatment are housed on the third floor.  This location is across the street and just slightly north of the Staples store on Reading Road.  This building is marked only by a small sign with the address on it and a few Sheriff's vehicles around the building. 

Turning Point at Woodburn Avenue

This facility currently houses the Talbert House Turning Point program.  It is considered an incarceration facility and is for men only. This chemical dependency community corrections program provides assessment, treatment, and reintegration services in a residential setting for adult men convicted of a second or multiple DUI or alcohol and drug offenses. Services include orientation, assessment, educational sessions, individual, group and family counseling, a six-month Continuing Care Program, and other supportive activities.

The Pathways Program  

Pathways is a Talbert House treatment program for women with substance abuse problems.  It has served the community for more than two decades by providing assessment, treatment, and transition for adult females with felonies and misdemeanors and is located at 1616 Harrison Ave.  

The Adapt Program for Men and Women

These are Talbert House residential treatment programs for men and women with substance abuse problems, located in the old Rollmans Hospital at 3009 Burnet Avenue. The residential program is followed by aftercare services.

Talbert House at 3129 Spring Grove Avenue

This facility is a Talbert House work release program for men leaving jail or prison. It is a a community corrections program that provides assessment, treatment, and reintegration for adult men in a residential setting. 

River City Correctional Center  

River City is a community-based corrections facility.  The emphasis in this facility is on treatment and accountability and uses cognitive-behavioral treatment as the primary method of intervention. Located on the old Work House site at 3220 Colerain Avenue, there are four units (three for men and one for women) of 54 people (or less) on each unit.