The Area 72 Corrections Committee has one purpose: To help A.A. members carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the alcoholic who is confined in a correctional facility. If you are sober and have a desire to serve, we need your help!
When anyone anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that… I AM RESPONSIBLE.
What We Do
The single purpose of the Area 72 Corrections Committee is to facilitate A.A. members in carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the alcoholic who is confined in a correctional facility.
The activities of this committee are based on, and governed by, the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our primary activities are:
- We coordinate with District Chairpersons, Correctional Facility Contact persons, and A.A. volunteers to take A.A. meetings into correctional facilities.
- We help to provide A.A. conference approved literature, Grapevines, and La Vinas for inmates incarcerated in the following:
- Washington State Correction Facilities and Prisons
- Federal Prisons located in the State of Washington
- Juvenile lock down Facilities
- We encourage correspondence contacts for inmates. This provides an opportunity for A.A. volunteers to correspond with inmates in our state and across the nation.
- We encourage the Bridge Program regarding contact of volunteers and alcoholic ex-offenders, which will help support them find a meeting and merge into the mainstream A.A. community upon their release.
- We support statewide activities and assemblies at local A.A. community events by setting up an information table with all appropriate Corrections materials, whenever possible.
How Can You Help
The Corrections Committee needs all types of volunteers. We need people to attend meetings in the facilities, people to help spread the word about this type of service work, and people to help us collect and organize the literature that we bring into the facilities. It is okay if you have never been to jail yourself! You can still help us. You can still carry A.A.’s message of hope to an alcoholic who is incarcerated. Let’s face it: many of us who have never been arrested just never got caught!
This type of service work does not require much time. Due to its nature, very often it can be done at your convenience. Yet it is still a very rewarding type of service work.
Information on Getting Clearance to Enter a Facility
Some facilities in Western Washington require that you receive clearance before you can enter for an A.A. meeting. We have District corrections committees that can share that information upon request. Check with your local D.C.M. or local District Corrections Chair regarding what clearance is required.
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