Upcoming Events

Sat 15

Long Timers Panel

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Upcoming Events

Wed 12

Information Services Committee Meeting

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Corrections sees that the A.A. message is carried to those in prison, many of whom have problems with alcohol and are seeking help from us.

There is a special procedure for all visitors to Correction Facilities.  Correction Committee members assist this process and put on meetings inside the walls of the correctional institutions in Rhode Island for women, men and juveniles.

Committee members collect conference approved literature (the Books Behind Bars program) donated by individuals and groups for use by the inmates, which is another way that committee members help these inmates.  The document “Guidelines for Corrections” is published in New York is very powerful and is recommended reading.

There is also a need for individuals who would be willing to assist in the Bridging the Gap program.

To join those who perform this valuable service click here.  If you would like to sign up a group of individuals for this vital service, please click here for the group sign up form and bring it to the next meeting.

How to become a member of the Corrections Committee:

Contacting the Chair usually gets the ball rolling but appearing at the next committee meeting (above) provides an excellent opportunity to refine your interest.

Gaining entrance to a correctional facility: As an effort to assist people in serving at the correctional facilities, we have posted the information form required.

LINKS:

1. Times for meetings at the ACI

2. Forms for entrance to the New/Renewal ACI (Adult Corrections Institution) Application and PREA acknowledgement form

3. Driving Directions Download Here

4. Dress Code Download Here

Please download the form noted above for the facility you wish to visit and return it to:

Area 61 Corrections Committee, PO Box #9342, Providence , RI 02904

Once clearance has been obtained you will be notified.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO BRING MEETINGS INTO WYATT DETENTION FACILITY

There is a need for male volunteers to bring meetings into Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls.  We are down to a handful of cleared & trained volunteers and it is very likely that over the next few weeks there will be open meetings.

Meetings take place on Tuesday evenings at 8:15PM. On average, men’s meetings have 3 to 4 detainees.

Women’s meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:30PM and on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 8:15PM.

Location/Distance:

Wyatt is located at 950 High Street, Central Falls, RI 02863. It is 14 miles/23 minutes north from the ACI. To determine distance from your home or group, enter the address into MapQuest or a similar site.

Requirements for Wyatt volunteers:

1) Complete the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility Standard Volunteer Application Form (5 pages) and the PREA acknowledgement form.

Mail completed form to Area 61, Attn: Corrections Committee, 3649 Post Rd., Warwick, R.I. 02886

2) Attend a 3 hour orientation & training session facilitated by Wyatt staff. Training usually takes place on a weekday morning.

3) Get a photo taken as part of the clearance process.

4) After you are cleared, trained and photographed…start going in to hold AA meetings. It is best for scheduling purposes if volunteers can commit to at least one Tuesday per month. New volunteers will be paired up with seasoned volunteers.

To Contact the Corrections Committee, call the answering service for the Area 61 Offces: 1-888-378-6561, press #5 for Corrections or send an email to correctionschair@aainri.com.

FACT:
Rhode Island’s prisons have been closed to AA in-person meetings since early 2020.

FACT:
With the COVID pandemic easing, the prisons will be opening to resume in-person AA meetings.

PROBLEM:
When that happens, we need to have enough AA members approved to start right away.

Please consider Volunteering at the Prisons. Help bring the message and hope of Alcoholics Anonymous to the men and women behind bars. If you have a record please consider joining us, the incarcerated may identify with you quickly. Your recovery is a story that may help them identify.

We want the message of AA to be consistent. The Men’s & Women’s Area 61 ACI Coordinators will help with scheduling so all meetings can get covered, without overextending our volunteers. Please join us and thank you for your service.

Please download and fill out the Application. This is needed for a background check to enter the ACI. Scan it, and email it here.

Download the Form

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