From the July 2019 magazine.

Letter from the Editor

Every year, we get hundreds of letters and stories from alcoholics in correctional facilities as well as from AA members who do service and carry the message behind prison walls. Sometimes Grapevine and La Viña are a prisoner’s only connection to AA and sobriety. This month’s special section features hopeful stories by members inside and out of prison walls.

In the story “A New Freedom,” a prisoner’s life changes forever after he meets the right sponsor who takes him through Step Five. In “Through Her Letters,” a woman with 20 years of sobriety gets her gratitude back writing a member who’s lost her freedom. In the story “Better Than Monday Night Football,” a member in Oklahoma discovers that making the trip to help alcoholics behind the walls is the best night of the week. And a former parole officer, now serving as a non-alcoholic General Service Trustee, shares how she learned to love AA by watching her sibling work the program in the touching story, “What My Brother Taught Me.” 

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