From the March 2019 magazine.


A newcomer shares about getting out of jail and the close call he had at his first outside meeting

I was in a Texas prison when I was introduced to AA by a fellow inmate. The day before was Christmas Day and a few of us had drunk a batch of wine we’d made. Every year, the ingredients varied on every batch we made depending upon what was available to us at the time, as did the quality. But this Christmas Day, our wine was not just tolerable but perhaps the best batch we’d ever made. 

Within a few hours, we all were inebriated and we became so loud that none of us noticed the officers enter the day room. We all got written up and, in my case, the write-up had the potential to set back my parole date. 

-- David T.

South Padre Island, Texas

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