Area 59 - Eastern Pennsylvania
"Pre Release" or
"Bridging the Gap" Referrals
The “Pre Release" or "Bridging the Gap" program in your district
will help foster a smoother
transition for AA's who are released from correctional institutions.
"Inside" AA’s have contacted
GSO, who in turn has provided the Area 59 Corrections contact with
the information. Complete
information may not be known at the time of the initial request such
as; a release phone number,
exact release date, or even an exact address.
To establish contact, the “outside" AA member writes to the "inside"
AA. member while they are
still incarcerated with the information provided. They set up
arrangements to meet each other on
the day of release or as soon as possible. Experience has shown that
attending an AA meeting on
the day of release from prison is one of the most effective tools
for maintaining continued
sobriety. It is strongly recommended that an inmate who is an AA
member have an AA contact
on the outside who can meet him/her on the day of release to help
"bridge the gap" between the
institution and the outside world.
When corresponding with an inmate please complete your first and
last name (initials will not be
accepted by the prisons). It is suggested that a PO Box be used, and
the inmates ID # must be
The following guidelines for this rewarding 12th step work are as
1. Share their experience, strength & hope.
2. It is better for men to work with men and women to
work with women.
3. If possible a contact should be a member of an AA
group in the vicinity of the inmates
residence when he/she is released.
4. As in all 12th step work, it is suggested that two
AA members meet the inmate upon release.
Sample of a response / correspondence to an inmate:
We received your name from the General Service Office in New York
City. We are enclosing a
directory of AA meetings. The AA members in this area wish you well
and look forward to seeing you at our meetings. Please contact me
when you arrive (telephone) for further information you may need. We
will be very happy to take you to a meeting.
Please contact us if we can be of assistance, Area 59 Corrections
THE PRE-RELEASE CONTACT/BRIDGING THE GAP
THIS FORM IS FOR DISTRICT'S TO GATHER ("OUTSIDE") AA'S WHO ARE
BE TEMPORARY CONTACTS –THIS IS FOR EACH DCM'S CONVENIENCE AND IS TO
REMAIN WITHIN THE INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
TEMPORARY CONTACT FILL OUT THIS FORM AND GIVE IT TO YOUR GSR OR DCM.
below can be completed on-line and printed to
be sent to your GSR or DCM