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Williamson County Sheriff’s Office provides ministry, steering lives in a positive direction

Capt. Mike Dobbins • Williamson County Sheriff’s Office                                                                                                      Feb 23, 2018 

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office provides ministry, steering lives in a positive direction

 

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has been providing Jail Ministry Services since 1984. Under the guidance of Sheriff Jeff Long, Minister Corky French and myself, this service has evolved over the years. Each year, approximately 275 badges are issued to clergy and church members to deliver services.                         

 

Jail Ministry Services also includes Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and high school GED certificate programs. In particular, we have stressed providing worship services and Bible studies to inmates, which reflect a philosophy shared by Sheriff Long and the department.

 

The rehabilitation of the inmate lasts far beyond the period of incarceration, and it’s simply the right thing to do to facilitate lasting change. In order to qualify to conduct the services, members of the clergy and church attend a 4-hour class on the rules and regulations on conducting services in a jail. 

 

We are quite pleased with the response from the faith community. It grows each year, and we have services five days a week. We are very committed to the practice of providing these impactful ministry services for inmates.                               

We realize and recognize that we are a jail first, though we make it a priority to have a positive effect on inmates. We try to help inmates move their lives in a positive direction, and one of the most successful ways to do that has been through Jail Ministry Services.

– Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Dobbins