From the April 2011 magazine.

An Inside Job

An inmate gets the tools from AA to be a worker among workers at a prison factory

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Working the program works when I work it at work and also where I live, in a federal prison. When I fail to live by the principles of the program and land in a trench, the Twelve Steps provide me with a blueprint for digging myself out, helping me reconstruct relationships damaged by running on ego.

I work in a textile factory operated by the Federal Prison Industries as a document control clerk, internal auditor, and tutor in their quality assurance apprenticeship program. I work closely with staff and many other prisoners, some of whom have control issues and personality...

-- Wayne D.

Edgefield, South Carolina