Corrections

Bill Wilson

Every A.A. has been, in a sense, a prisoner. Each of us has walled himself out of society; each has known social stigma. The lot of you folks has been even more difficult: In your case, society has also built a wall around you. But there isn’t any real essential difference, a fact that practically all A.A.s now know.  Therefore, when you members come into the world of A.A. on the outside, you can be sure that no one will care a fig that you have done time. What you are trying to be—not what you were—is all that counts with us

MAY REPORT

Corrections:

CORRECTIONS COULD SURE USE SOME HELP

I had encouraged each of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting if you would consider having a Corrections presentation or a Corrections Representative.

I attended the Steps and Traditions group (at Carmen United) on March 23rd.  It was excellent that one of their next speakers at the group had been incarcerated and had witnessed the value of having Outside A.A. members coming in to reach out to the still suffering alcoholic.

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District 45 is starting this year with four full time volunteers and one part time volunteer. 

To assist in Corrections, you may help in any number of different ways, (your choice):

  1. Attend inside A.A. meetings.  We have one Provincial Correctional Centre and three Federal Institutions in District 45.  Feel free to attend once a month.
  2. Help to create a Corrections Committee for District 45.
  3. Attend our Corrections Connections meetings (once a month).  District 45 Chilliwack as well as Abbotsford, Mission and White Rock are active participants in this endeavor.
  4. Participate in the local Pen Pal Plus program or the Corrections Correspondence Service.

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District 45 Registered Inside A.A. groups

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

I went for the first time on Thursday – March 17th.  There were 6 people in attendance with one person getting out on April 19th and one person getting out in August.  The August fellow filled out a Pre-Release form which is now in the hands of our Area 79 Corrections Chair.

We were to go tomorrow evening but they are in a Covid protocol, hence a lock down.

We have two volunteers for this site.

Open the Gate to Freedom group – Kent Institution

The Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) continues to be a source of Twelve Step calls.

We have two active volunteers for this site.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings on Monday and Friday.  We were planning to open up after this Easter Holiday weekend, but they are now having a large Covid outbreak and will be in quarantine for the next while.

We have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

There is a meeting every Saturday from 10 – 11 am

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and two or three on Webex.

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“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

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.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday May 4th, 6 pm

Zoom ID         285 909 9992              Pass    427248

Our Pen Pal Plus Program has 44 fellows and nine women utilizing this tool of recovery.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays                     International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PDT all others at 8 am PDT

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun 29 May 6 pm      D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER – Last Sun, Monthly

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

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Pre-Conference Highlights

The Report Back for the Corrections 6 Agenda items took over an hour.

Our Person In Custody Motion (PIC) from our District 45 was being discussed by 93 Areas throughout North America and will be discussed at this year’s General Service Conference, which is happening this week.

The Best part of attending an Area 79 BC/Yukon Quarterly or Assembly is hearing our:

First Timers Sharing . . .

  • Going to our A.A. meetings was like driving my car around and seeing the sights.  Coming to this Service Assembly was taking the time to look under the hood!
  • Working at the group level and participating in District allowed me to see how the pieces of the bones of AA fit together.  Coming here this weekend, I got to witness the blood flowing . . . . .

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If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

APRIL REPORT

Corrections:

I love and appreciate what Ted did for Corrections on the new website!

You can also easily scroll down to Nancy McCarthy’s article in the Corrections Today magazine and read it right there or copy it to your own computer!

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I had encouraged each of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting if you would consider having a Corrections representative.

Last month there were three groups interested or would like more information. 

I will be attending the Steps and Traditions group (at Carmen United) next Wednesday (March 23rd) at 8 pm for a (15 – 20 minute) Corrections presentation with a Q & A right after.

Owen will be getting back to me about a time for the Early Bird group.

The Agassiz Lion’s Den has agreed to have such a position.  We just need a willing person to step up to the plate.

CORRECTIONS NEEDS YOUR HELP

To assist in Corrections, you may help in any number of different ways (your choice):

  1. Attend Inside A.A. meetings.  We have one Provincial Correctional Centre and three Federal Institutions in District 45.
  2. Help to create a Corrections Committee for District 45.
  3. Attend our Corrections Connections meetings (once a month).  District 45 Chilliwack as well as Abbotsford, Mission and White Rock are active participants in this endeavor.
  4. Participate in the local Pen Pal Plus program or the Corrections Correspondence Service.
  5. Participate in our Pre-Release program in which you may help our Inside A.A. member as they transition into the local A.A. community (upon their release)

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Will open tomorrow (Thursday – March 17th) for the first time in over two years.

We only have one volunteer for this site.

Open The Gate To Freedom – Kent Institution

I was able to do a Twelve Step call over the phone this afternoon.  The fellow also asked to participate in our Pen Pal Plus program.

We only have two active volunteers for this site.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings on Monday and Friday.

We have only two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

There is a meeting every Saturday from 10 – 11 am

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and three or four on Webex.

This District is starting this year with three full time dedicated volunteers and one part time volunteer.  As you can see, there is a need for more.

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“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

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.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday April 5th, 6 pm

Zoom ID         285 909 9992              Pass    427248

Our Pen Pal Plus Program has 41 fellows and nine women utilizing this important tool of recovery.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays                     International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PDT all others at 8 am PDT

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun  20 Mar 11 am    Area 79 Corrections Sharing Session

Zoom ID 788 412 9377 Pass Nanaimo AA

Sun  27 Mar 6 pm      D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER – Last Sun, Monthly

Speaker:  Sherri P from Burleson, Texas

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

PASSING IT ON (New)

This is a Report where I explain the purpose and value of an:

  1. Escorted Temporary Absence
  2. Non-Security Escort Driver

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

MARCH REPORT

Corrections for District 45

I had encouraged each of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting whether having such a position would have any value.

I am glad to announce that there are three groups either interested in having a Corrections Liaison or would like more information.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings.  We are still trying to provide one individual with A.A. material in his own language, which is Malayalam. 

We only have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Open The Gate To Freedom – Kent Institution

We only have two active volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and three or four on Webex.

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

We only have two volunteers for this site.

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“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

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.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday March 2nd, 6 pm PDT

Zoom ID         285 909 9992                       Pass   427248

Our Pen Pal Plus Program has 37 fellows and nine women utilizing this important tool of recovery.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays                   International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PST all others at 8 am PST

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun  06 Mar 3 pm   International Corrections Meeting

Class A Trustee Nancy Mc CARTHY will give a Power Point presentation on Corrections and A.A.

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Nancy also wrote an article for this month’s Corrections professional magazine called Corrections Today.  It is called: Corrections and Alcoholics Anonymous – A Crucial Connection 

Please consider taking this back to your group for discussion.  I have also included the attachment to go with the Minutes

Tuesdays 3:30 pm Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio

                                    Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

                                    Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

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

Sun  20 Feb 11 am Area 79 Corrections Sharing Session

Zoom ID 788 412 9377 Pass Nanaimo AA

Sun  27 Feb 6 pm   D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER – Last Sun, Monthly

Speaker:  Scott P from New York

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

Attachments:

CORRECTIONS IN AA NANCY Mc CARTHY

(Corrections Today Jan – Feb 2022 Article)

2022 02 16

FEBRUARY REPORT

Corrections for District 45

I will encourage each and every one of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting whether having such a position would have any value. 

THE A.A. GROUP

…WHERE IT ALL BEGINS (P-16)page 25

Corrections Committee Liaison

Group corrections representatives take part in local intergroup (central office), district or area correc­tions committee meetings. They keep their home groups informed about local Twelfth Step activities in nearby institutions and encourage group mem­bers to participate.

Corrections representatives, known in some areas as hospitals and institutions (H&I) representa­tives, take A.A. meetings into prisons and jails, where allowed by the correctional facility, to help alcoholic inmates recover and prepare for sober, ful­filling lives after release. As part of the temporary contact program known in some areas as Bridging the Gap, they may also serve as correspondents and as A.A. contacts when the inmates are released. The pamphlet “A.A. in Correctional Facilities” and the Corrections Workbook can be of help to A.A.s in corrections service work.

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CARRYING THE MESSAGE INTO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES (F-5)

AM I RESPONSIBLE?

Some alcoholics aren’t lucky

Enough to be able to go to

Meetings when they want to.

They are in prison.

They have limited contact with

The shared experience that our

Fellowship offers through

Its meetings.

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Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings.  We are trying to provide one individual with A.A. material in his own language, which is Malayalam.  This comes from the South on India.  We only have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Open The Gate To Freedom – Kent Institution

From the middle of November there were 13 Twelve Step calls out of the Structured Intervention Units (SIU).  We only have two volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and two or three on Webex.

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

We only have two volunteers for this site.

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CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

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.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday February 2nd, 6 pm PDT

Zoom ID          285 909 9992              Pass     427248

Our Pen Pal Plus program has 37 fellows and nine women utilizing this important tool of recovery.

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

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