What do A.A. Corrections Committees do?
Members of A.A. Corrections Committees coordinate the work of individual A.A. members and groups to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics who are in custody. Committees focus on:
Bringing meetings and literature into facilities.
Helping individuals in custody transition to a local A.A. community through prerelease contacts (Bridging the Gap).
Raising awareness of the Corrections Correspondence Service (C.C.S.) among “inside” and “outside” A.A. members.
A.A. Prison Meetings in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island (Area 61) the Corrections Committee facilitates and coordinates commitments at both the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston and the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. Each facility has a need for both male and female volunteers, and each has clearance and training requirements that must be completed prior to being allowed to participate in commitments inside their facilities. It is not a complicated process but it takes a little time. There are a couple of ways to get started:
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the necessary forms.
- Attend our next committee meeting.
- Click on the link for the appropriate institution below to download the forms to your computer. Scan and return the completed forms to email@example.com, or ‘snail mail’ them to Area 61 Corrections Committee, P.O. box 9342, Providence, RI 02940.
Click here to access ACI volunteer application forms.
Click here to access application forms for volunteering at the Wyatt Detention Facility.
Current Meeting Information
As of July, 2023, prison A.A. meetings are being held at the men’s Minimum and Medium Security facilities on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and at the women’s facility on Mondays and Thursdays. The Wyatt Corrections Facility in Central Falls is now open for meetings as well, and there are several evening slots available there. We are in need of volunteers, particularly for the women’s prison and for both men’s and women’s meetings at Wyatt. Volunteering to do this commitment on just a once-a-month basis helps bring the message of A.A. to people who otherwise have no way of attending in-person meetings, so please consider participating. Click on the links above to view and print out clearance applications for either facility, and return to
us per the instructions.
Bridging the Gap
Help a newly released A.A. member get to his/her first meeting and meet others in the fellowship. Read more about Bridging the Gap here:
Corrections Correspondence Service
Become a long-distance correspondent with an incarcerated A.A. in another part of the country and help them maintain and strengthen their connection to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Read more about A.A.’s Corrections Correspondence Service here:
For more information on any of the above, or to join our committee:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, join us at our next monthly meeting. The Area 61 Corrections Committee meets at 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday of each month, both online and in person. To join online, use Zoom meeting I.D. number 840 4080 9178 Password: Area61. If you wish to attend in person the Area 61 office is located at 3649 Post Road in Warwick.