Madison Area Jail Ministry

a ministry of presence

COVID-19 Update

Please keep the men and women of the Dane County Jail in your prayers. There is a significant void left in the wake of all the program volunteers no longer allowed into the jail in response to the COVID-19 precautions. In an environment where people already feel isolated and disconnected the new measures are exacerbating that. Pray also that our chaplain stays healthy so he can continue to minister to all those in the jail.


The Madison Area Jail Ministry (MAJM) has been providing spiritual care to incarcerated men and women for over 50 years. Approximately 750-800 men and 80-100 women are held each day in the Dane County Jail. Each person comes to the jail with unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. MAJM provides spiritual care through the work of our chaplains and a network of clergy and volunteers from the entire spectrum of faith traditions.

There would not be a ministry without the partnership of the Dane County Sheriff's Department, which provides office space, a computer, and works cooperatively with MAJM as active members of the advisory board.

Madison Area Jail Ministry is fully funded through the generosity of numerous area congregations, individuals and charitable organizations.

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Your donation helps those incarcerated in the Dane County Jail to know that they are not forgotten, they matter, and they are in our thoughts and prayers.