Corrections Connections

M I N U T E S

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday July 6th, 2022 – 6:00pm PDT

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

____________________

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

Attendance: Myrna P, Don P, Chris B, Davena T, Frank W, Rod, Rick C, Tracey S, Sandi F, Cliff T, Nelson, Spencer P, Chris B, Jim R, Stanley AB, Nancy A (recording)

Regrets: Geoffry I

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:

1)  Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: Nancy reported no changes to the bank account. No activity since the last meeting. We have $640.83 in our account. The contact list currently has 159 members.

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report: Davena T.

We have had three requests for Pen Pals, all of which have been fulfilled. The mailbox has been quiet but there was one return letter to an outside member which I forgot to mention. PO Box rental is due before August 1st.

3)  District Reports:

D7 – Nanaimo – Geoffrey I

Our corrections team in Nanaimo has been very busy the last 2 months since meetings started up and the Nanaimo Corrections Centre. We are doing two meetings a week and averaging more than 10 inmates a meeting. One meeting is with the Guthrie Therapeutic Community, and the other is with the NCC Gen Pop known as the park house meeting. The energy is fantastic and both volunteers and inmates are loving being back in person.

In service,

Geoff I

D 32 South Burnaby – Spencer P – no Corrections Chair or Committee in D32 yet, but I’m working on it. I have submitted my forms for Federal clearance and have been finger-printed and interviewed. Once I get clearance, hope to take a meeting into Mission Medium on Sundays, probably starting Sept assuming clearance comes through.

D 39 – Abbotsford – Chair Jim R

Submitted by Myrna P

“TRI CITIES AA RALLY – JUNE 11

Thanks to District 43 Corrections Chair Jay E for supporting and supplying Information Packages and literature (on very short notice) so that we could do Corrections service work at this event. Volunteers (Dist32) Spencer P, (Dist 43) Melanie V and (Dist 43) Myrna P manned the table at this excellent event. 10 people signed up for Corrections information and Myrna contacted all. One man Rob A. has been sent clearance forms to complete for Pacific Institution and has spoken to Jim R our Abbotsford Corrections Chair. Two women, Sandi F and Heather Mc have been sent forms from Fraser Valley Institution.

Darline B, already has clearance to Alouette Women’s and is awaiting reopening there. This woman is also keen to start a Coquitlam District 40 Corrections Committee as there isn’t one at present.

Fraser Valley Institution SPO Courtenay LAMM advised that vax requirements are no longer required to go in!!!”

D 42 – Surrey –   Aloha Mike Alcoholic – To date four requests for AA support as per pre-release program 1 from Pacific institution hoping to be released to Phoenix in Surrey.

Second from Ford Mountain to a Vancouver recovery house, third / fourth pending contract.

 Provincial institutes accepting clearance request forms, one with active in-person meetings.

 Plans for round up in Pitt Meadows in November 5th still on more information to follow.

D 43 – Langley – Tracy S – See Poster attached for Corrections Corner and upcoming speakers for July, Aug and Sept. Jay is going out of town. He has two others on the committee to do Corrections Corner.  Jay has clearance now for PI, Tracy and Myrna are going into FVI Women’s and Kwi on Web EX Saturday mornings.

D 45 – Chilliwack – Clifford T

A Corrections Chair is needed for this District

Kent (Max)

Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) has had some activity

Mountain (Medium)

Keep It Straight group

We will be going in this Friday for the first time this year.

D64 – Rod Mc W reporting – very quiet. Not many institutions near them. Two possible candidates have asked about Corrections Correspondence. Got their message out to New York and have not heard anything.  Interested in Pen Pal Plus.

4) Live meetings in the Upper Fraser Valley:

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Right Living group

Thursday 6 – 7 pm  Regular AA meeting

Thursday 7 – 8 pm Big Book 12 Step Study meeting

Fraser Valley Institution (for Women)

Freedom from Within

Tuesday 6:30 pm (Minimum)

Tuesday 7 pm (Medium)

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Blueberry Hill group (Hybrid – Webex)

Saturday 10 – 11 am

Mission Medium

New Horizons group (6 co-hort Living Units)

Monday 5 pm

Monday 6 pm

Mission Minimum

Mountain View group (2 co-hort Living Units)

Friday 7 pm

Mountain (Medium)

Keep It Straight group (3 co-hort Living Units)

Fridays at  6 pm and 7 pm

Pacific Institution

New Beginning Group (2 co-hort groups)

Monday 6 pm

CC – Conference Call – MT Microsoft Team – WM – Webex Meetings:

There are three phone-in meetings and one Hybrid meeting.

Wed  MT       9:30 – 10:30 am          North Fraser Pretrial (Chaplaincy)

Started Jan 2022

Wed  MT       6:30 – 7:30 pm            Surrey Pre Trial (Chaplaincy)

Started Jan 2022

Fri       CC       6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution

2 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside AA participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Sat     WM     10 – 11 am                  Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – HYBRID 

If you have Reliability Status and would like to attend, please let me know. 

It is by “INVITE ONLY”   Started May 2020

5) Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society (G V I S) Corrections – ALOHA Mike  

Friday night Committee meeting could use support.  Only two people were present

6) What’s happening in Corrections

  • Vancouver Intergroup Society (GVIS) Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm              

    05 August 7 pm    Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212                                                

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm SEE POSTER***

14 July       7 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Wed, Monthly – 7 pm                                                                  20 July       7 pm    Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • Area 79 Corrections Committee meeting – Third Sunday – 11 am

17 July       11 am   Zoom ID 788 412 9377 Pass NanaimoAA

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT);   **See Poster                                  Speaker:  Theresa O. (from Abbotsford, BC)

31 July       6 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio (every Tuesday)

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tues. 3:30 pm      Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                      First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday      Zoom ID: 841 1036 5604 Pass: 223531         
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09
  • 05 November GVIS Corrections Round up in Pitt Meadows – Aloha Mike to report

7) BC/Yukon Area 79 June Quarterly Duncan – Spencer P gave us a summary of Corrections Meeting; Clifford M. (former Inside Member) gave excellent talk on success of AA’s message being carried by Corrections volunteers going into our Corrections Facilities/Institutions.

On Saturday afternoon at the Corrections Committee breakout room, Myrna P focused her talk on the value of Grape Vine soft cover books going into Institutions. They are valued for their clear, simple language and modern-day situations.  Lorelei messaged Myrna that some individuals wanted to donate books to take into our local institutions.

Just today July 6th, I picked up two FREE ON THE INSIDE books which were mailed to my home address from an individual in Sechelt.

  • Corrections Correspondence Service (CCS)
    • Lorelei L was looking in to acquiring Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes from GSO. Still pending.

8) Guest Speaker – Edmonton Corrections Chair Don P Recorded – Excellent presentation and slide show shown to all present.  Gave an overall picture about what is happening in Edmonton area Corrections via ZOOM meetings; amazing what is possible with teamwork and collaboration to carry the message inside via ZOOM.  Please let us know if you would like the recording. 

9) International Corrections Meetings

  • June 26th the ALLEN/OAKWOOD Correctional Centre held a Zoom AA meeting where they shared their Experience, Strength and Hope.
  • This Sunday (July 10th) Chris C, Publisher for AA Grapevine, will be our guest speaker on AA literature being uploaded onto tablets that are used in some correction facilities.

10) Corrections Connections Roundup – Abbotsford – Chair Frank W gave us an update; group      voted on and approved March 19th, 2023 date.  Frank will report back next meeting.

11) Volunteer Master List – Tabled

12) Passing It On – Tabled

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Corrections Connections has vacancy for Co-Chair as Myrna P volunteered and was approved to become Chair of Corrections Connections.
  2. 2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form – Tabled

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Corrections Connections discuss purchasing literature – Grape Vine soft cover books.

Meeting adjourned at:  7:15 pm

Next Meeting: August 3rd, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere,

reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.

WEDNESDAY MAY 04TH 2022, MEETING

M I N U T E S

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday May 4th 2022 – 6:00pm PDT

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

____________________

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

Attendance:

Regrets:

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:

1)  Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report: Davena T.

  • There have been two new Pen Pal requests, of those two, one had requested for a woman to correspond with.
  • Both requests have been filled, the second with a Grandma (as suggested), and first letters sent out.
  • I retrieve the mail twice weekly and most days there is mail to be forwarded. 
  • There have been no new inquiries from outside members wishing to take on a Pen Pal.

In service,

Davena

3)  District Reports:

  D 5 & 7 – Nanaimo –  

  D 37 – White Rock –

  D 39 – Abbotsford – Jim R

  D 42 – Surrey –

  D 43 – Langley –

  D 44 – Mission –

  D13 Area 78 Red Deer, AB – Greg M 

  D 45 – Chilliwack – Clifford T

We are in need of a Corrections Chair for this District

Ford Mountain CC (Chilliwack Lake Road)

Right Living group

Is now open for volunteers. I will be going in May 5th for the second time.

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village (Harrison Mills)

Blueberry Hill group (Hybrid – Webex)

Saturday 10 – 11 am

We have an average of 3 – 5 attendees via the Webex.

There was a problem with the Webex this past Saturday

Kent (Max)

Structured Intervention Unit (SIU)

Will be starting up this Friday (May 6th) for the first time

Mountain (Medium)

Keep It Straight group

There was a large outbreak of Covid which continues to stop us from going in.

  D 71 – Kelowna –   Gerry C

4) Corrections – Live meetings:

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Right Living group

Thursday 6:30 pm

Fraser Valley Institution (for Women)

Freedom from Within

Tuesday 6:30 pm (Minimum)

Tuesday 7 pm (Medium)

Kent Institution (Maximum)

Open the Gate to Freedom

Friday 1 pm

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Blueberry Hill group (Hybrid – Webex)

Saturday 10 – 11 am

Mission Minimum

Mountain View group

Friday 7 pm

Pacific Institution

New Beginning Group

Friday 7 pm (May 13th)  

CC – Conference Call – MT Microsoft Team – WM – Webex Meetings:

There are four phone-in meetings and one Hybrid meeting.

Mon     CC     6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution     

2 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside A.A. participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Wed  MT       9:30 – 10:30 am          North Fraser Pretrial (Chaplaincy)

Average 4 on the inside and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Wed  MT       6:30 – 7:30 pm            Surrey Pre Trial (Chaplaincy)

Average 8 people in the Right Living Unit (Therapeutic Community) and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Fri       CC       6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution

2 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside AA participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Sat     WM     10 – 11 am                  Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – HYBRID 

If you have Reliability Status and would like to attend, please let me know. 

It is by “INVITE ONLY”   Started May 2020

5) Provincial Corrections – Van. Intergroup Corrections (G V I S) – Aloha Mike

6) What’s happening in Corrections?

  • Vancouver Intergroup Society (GVIS) Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm               06 May    7 pm      Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212

    03 June      7 pm    Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm (PDT);                                       12 May           7 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820
  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Monday Monthly – 7 pm (PDT)                                                                  16 May      7 pm    Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT);                                     Speaker: Mike M from Ladysmith, BC

29 May      6 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                      First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday    

WE HAVE A NEW ZOOM LOGIN.        Meeting ID: 841 1036 5604                Passcode: 223531
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09

  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio (every Tuesday)

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tues. 3:30 pm      Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

7) BC/Yukon Area 79 Lorelei L

8) Corrections Correspondence Service (CCS)

Hi Clifford,

It was nice to get to catch up with you yesterday at the international corrections meeting. I had my staff assistant help me with obtaining the accurate number of Canadian participants in C.C.S.

Our records indicate that we have a total of 108 participants in Canada. My last email indicated we had 93 participants. I apologize for the discrepancy.

Total English Participants is 97

Total Inside AA Members 17 (male-14; Female 3)

Total Outsiders 80 (Male-49; Female-31)

Total French Participants 11

3 Insiders

8 Outsiders

I hope you find this information helpful.

In fellowship,

Eileen A           Corrections Coordinator

General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous

 (212) 870-3085

corrections@aa.org

www.aa.org

9) International Corrections Meetings

WE HAVE A NEW ZOOM LOGIN.

Meeting ID: 841 1036 5604    Passcode: 223531
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09

10) Passing It On – Clifford T

OLD BUSINESS

Corrections Connections needs Chair:  ____________________

2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form – Tabled until next meeting

NEW BUSINESS:

Meeting adjourned at:  __________

Next Meeting: June 1st, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION[CD41] 

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches

out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.


 [CD41]

Wednesday March 02, 2022 Meeting

A G E N D A

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday, MARCH 2nd, 2022 – 6:00pm PST

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Serenity Prayer

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:-

1)  Secretary/Treasurer’s Report –

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report:-

3)  District Reports:-

D 5 & 7 – Nanaimo –  

D 37 – White Rock –

D 39 – Abbotsford –

D 42 – Surrey –

D 43 – Langley/Aldergrove/Cloverdale/Fort Langley

D 44 – Mission –

D 45 – Chilliwack –

D 71 – Kelowna –  

4) Correctional Service Canada (CSC)

5) Provincial Corrections/G V I S

6) What’s Happening in Corrections?

7) BC/Yukon Area 79

8) International Corrections Meetings

OLD BUSINESS

Corrections Connections needs Chair

2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form

NEW BUSINESS: Passing it On

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches

out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.

MINUTES

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday, MARCH 2nd, 2022 – 6:00pm PST

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

Attendance: Michael D, Andrew R, Myrna P, Joanne C, Melanie B, Clifford T, Frank W, Alvin N, Lorelei L

Regrets: Nancy A.

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

REPORTS

1)  SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT –

2)  PEN PAL PLUS REPORT – 

This month we have had two new requests from inside, looking for pen pals from outside AA members.  One request came from a flyer in Mission and one from Surrey pre-trial.  I have sent each a first letter describing our program and have found other outside members to connect with these requests on an ongoing basis.

             We currently have 40, male, inside pen pals, that have requested to be connected with male, outside AA members.  I started a process of communicating with each of our current outside AA members, in order to see if they would complete a form Clifford established, to find out if we have ongoing communication with their assigned requested pen pal.  I was unable to complete that task, but am hoping that it can be done by next month.  Please keep announcing at your meetings that we can still use more outside members on our list.

            We have had no new female requests; we did get some mail for one of our outside members.  Two letters from inside were returned unopened as the inside member had been transferred and the mail not forwarded by CSC unfortunately.  Myrna has received some feed back from the ladies side, which will be incorporated into next month’s report.

            I have been in contact with Davena and she has expressed interest in taking on the pen pal correspondence chairperson role.  We have not yet finalized all details, but she will be assuming some or all of the duties involved.  I would like to thank her for getting involved.  I will continue to be involved, either to write letters on an ongoing basis – or just to help where I can.

            Yours in love and service……Frank W

3)  DISTRICT REPORTS  – 

D 5 & 7 –         Nanaimo – No Report

D 37 –              White Rock –

Mike Alcoholic, I am reporting this and calling it a joint report because Bob (D 42 Surrey Corrections Chair) and I have talked about working together to promote Corrections in our Districts. 

  1. We are advocating for our district members to sign up on GVIS’s 12th Step List (for use by both districts & intergroup).
  2. Contacting and educating the volunteers.
  3. Participating in the Area 79 Pre Release program by making ourselves available to the inside members upon their release.

A big chore in the first step let alone the rest, enough for now.
Yours In Service 
D. Michael DILLON

D 39 –              Abbotsford – No Report

D 42 –              Surrey – See D 37 Report

D 43 –              Langley/Aldergrove/Cloverdale/Fort Langley –

D 44 –              Mission – No Report

D 45 –              Chilliwack – Clifford T – Nothing new to report

D 71 –              Kelowna – No Report

4) CORRECTIONAL A.A. MEETINGS

  • Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is still in Code Yellow meaning no volunteers are allowed in.
  • Bonnie HENRY suggests that the Province may relax some of its mandates in about two week’s time.  CSC National Headquarters will be making its own determination.

Live meetings:

None at this time due to Covid restrictions

CC – Conference Call – MT Microsoft Team – WM – Webex Meetings:

There are Two phone-in meetings and one Hybrid meeting.

Mon     CC       6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution     

4 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside A.A. participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Wed    MT       9:30 – 10:30 am          North Fraser Pretrial (Chaplaincy)

Average 4 on the inside and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Wed    MT       6:30 – 7:30 pm            Surrey Pre Trial (Chaplaincy)

Average 8 people in the Right Living Unit (Therapeutic Community) and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Fri       CC         6 – 7 pm          Pacific Institution

4 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside AA participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Sat       WM     10 – 11 am      Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – HYBRID 

If you have Reliability Status and would like to attend, please let me know. 

It is by “INVITE ONLY”   Started May 2020

5) GREATER VANCOUVER INTERGROUP SOCIETY (GVIS) CORRECTIONS COMMITTEE

Report by Aloha Mike Alcoholic, Current incoming Corrections Chair for GVIS.

This subcommittee is small and its main purpose of reaching the inside member is still stymied by Covid. So the step to building it is to promote the Intergroup 12th Step Contact List.

Next develop a rapport with the other chairs (PI, CPC, Telephone) to support our efforts & foster better relations with the Chaplains, and Addictions Counselors.
Still 2 of the 4 Pretrial’s have virtual meetings and we are talking with the others to open up to this form of service
Finally The training of Volunteers and all that entails will keep this Alcoholic Busy

YIS Michael

6) WHAT’S CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN CORRECTIONS (PST)

  • Vancouver Intergroup Society (GVIS) Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm               04 March                   Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212
  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm (PDT);                                       10 March                   Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820
  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Monday Monthly – 7 pm (PDT)                                                                  21 March              Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT);                                     Speaker: Sherri P from Burleson, Texas                                                                                            27 March         Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820
  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                      First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday     Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass: 765110
  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tuesdays 3:30 pm Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

7) BC/YUKON AREA 79 – Lorelei L

There are 6 Agenda Items for Corrections in the upcoming Area 79 Pre Conference Assembly April 10th – 12th 2022.  Click the link below for the Agenda and more information.

GSR and Alternate GSR’s may preregister by clicking on the link below.

2022 APRIL PRE-CONFERENCE ASSEMBLY – BC/Yukon Area 79 (bcyukonaa.org)

D 37/42/43 is having a Pre Conference Workshop March 19th, 2022

ZOOM ID 896 3717 3512 No password

8) INTERNATIONAL CORRECTIONS MEETING (ICM)

You are invited to attend an Information session hosted by the A.A. International Corrections Meeting.

ALCOHOLISM, A.A. AND THE PROFESSIONAL

“Today, Alcoholics Anonymous continues to play a crucial role in helping alcoholics in custody to stay sober in jail or prison while providing them with a network of support as they transition back into the community.”

Sunday March 6th, 2022 from 3 pm – 4:15 pm (PST)

International Corrections Meeting (Zoom)

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2399905603?pwd=aWE4TTVIenVvMWFKeFd2dDhZWUdOUT09

Meeting ID: 239 990 5603      Password: 765110

The presenter will be Nancy McCarthy.

(In 2016, Ms. McCarthy was appointed to serve a six-year term as a Non-Alcoholic Trustee for the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, United States and Canada.  She worked with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole from 1984-2017. During her tenure, Ms. McCarthy served in a number of supervisory positions which included Regional Administrator for the St. Louis Metropolitan area from 2003-2017. She assisted with the development and implementation of a number of community-based programs focused on assisting individuals diagnosed with substance abuse disorders. Ms. McCarthy currently serves as a consultant for the Institute of Justice Research and Development (IJRD) 5-Key Model for Reentry, a multi-state study on informing the Safe Streets and Second Chances Initiative on re-entry reform.)

OLD BUSINESS

Corrections Connections needs a Chairperson: ____________________

2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form

  • Tabled

NEW BUSINESS

PASSING IT ON

By Clifford T.

Escorted Temporary Absence (ETA)

for Correctional Service Canada (CSC)

CSC Purpose: 

To provide inmates with opportunities to access the community or another institution for

medical, administrative, parental responsibility, compassionate reasons, community service,

family contact, personal development, and for rehabilitative purposes.

CSC Process:

  1. Residents to a pre determined location and return. The application process will take a minimum of two to three months.  The more lead time, the better chance of success.
  2. All critical data (Address – Date – Time – All Stops – Monetary Costs – Entrance fees and food) is presented to the Manager of Assessment and Intervention (MAI) or their Assistant for processing.
  3. ETA’s are for a 12 hour period.  More time may be requested with an explanation of why (I.E. providing a Program of Events).  Some Inside A.A. members may have a restriction on the length of time for their ETA’s.

A.A. Purpose

  1. For District meetings, the Inside GSR and Alternate GSR will be the only ones going on a regular basis.  They will also be the ones going to an Area 79 Event (along with randomly allowed Inside A.A. members).
  2. Inside A.A. members are welcome to attend all A.A. sponsored Meetings and Events.

Volunteer considerations

  1. Please consider speaking with inside A.A. members before arrival to encourage them communicate with yourself (the driver) if anything challenging comes up. 
  2. Be mindful that some of these individuals may have not been out for a very long time so they may be a bit more sensitive to their surroundings and even more so with people.

Considerations:

All drivers must have Non Security Escort Volunteer training.  This is provided by the Institution and can be applied for at your earliest convenience.

  • Drivers are to have sight or sound every 20 minutes of the Inside A.A. members throughout the event

Non-Security Escort Volunteers

CSC Escorts

Citizens can act as escorts for offenders participating in activities in the community. Such activities include treatment programs (e.g., Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous meetings), construction of playgrounds or other projects in the local community. Volunteers wishing to act as escorts must have first completed a minimum of six months active volunteer participation in other programs prior to participating in escort training.

Pursuant to CD 566-5 – Non-Security Escorts, volunteers will:

  • Have completed CSC’s national volunteer orientation prior to training for non-security escorts
  • Provide a copy of a valid driver’s license and, if requested, a copy of driving record annually, pursuant to ISD 335 – Fleet Management
  • Have a valid reliability status

Considerations:

  • The ETA form describes all conditions and stops for the trip. 
  • The ETA form is signed by both the Volunteer and the Inside A.A. members before departing the CSC site so that everyone has agreed to the conditions set forth in the form.

Meeting adjourned at: 6:55 pm

Next Meeting: April 6th, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches

out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.

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