Correctional Facilities

According to the AA General Service Office guidelines pamphlet MG-06 on Correctional Facilities: "The purpose of a corrections committee is to coordinate the work of individual AA members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics behind the walls, and to set up means of smoothing the way from the facility to the larger AA community through prerelease contacts."

In other words, when individual AAs and groups want to be of service to incarcerated alcoholics, they coordinate with the District correctional facilities chairperson, who makes sure there is no duplication of efforts and, conversely, can see to it that as many facilities within the District as possible are being reached by the hand of AA. This Trusted Servant also maintains records of any requirements for volunteering at facilities, such as length of sobriety, amount of time off probation and/or parole, and mandatory training sessions.

A number of resources are available to anyone interested in working with incarcerated alcoholics, most notably the document M-45i, the Corrections Workbook.