The Pima County Jail Ministry was established in 1976 when four inmates requested
permission to have a bible study with a Chaplain. The Sheriff’s Dept granted the
inmates' request and they were allowed to have a bible study every two weeks with
a volunteer Chaplain. Since then the ministry has grown from a bible study every
two weeks with four inmates, to over fifty religious programs a week for hundreds
There are over 50 Volunteer Chaplains and over 250 religious volunteers that make
this happen, from Chapel services, Bible studies, greeting cards, and religious
library book distribution, there are quite a number of services we are able to
provide for the staff and inmates and the families they represent.
With over 2000 inmates housed in the Pima County Adult Detention Center on any
given day, we are mandated by Christ to bring positive transformation to the hearts
and minds of our detained men, women and youth through the unconditional love
and grace of God (Matthew 18:10-14).