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Sentenced to AA

A member shares his thoughts about AA's relationship to the court system

It is not uncommon for me to go to a meeting these days and have the room filled with people who have been sentenced to AA by the courts. With these people in attendance, how can AA possibly be attractive to a wide-eyed newcomer, who at the end of their wits, has come to a meeting to see if we have something to offer, to help them find the way out of alcoholism.

Our eleventh tradition states, our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion. Sentencing is promotion and the newcomer is part of the public. I believe the judicial system is killing AA. At a bare minimum, the courts are changing it for the worse, and doing so clearly contrary to our own traditions.

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