From the March 1962 magazine.

What Good Does AA Do in Prison?

a noted prison official tells why your AA visits to penal institutions aren't wasted work

ALCOHOL played a role, directly and indirectly, in the crimes and convictions of over three quarters of the prisoners in our penitentiaries. The phrase "committed this crime under the influence of intoxicants" shows up in countless admission summaries. On many occasions alcohol played a part in preparing an individual for his crime but was not immediately involved in the offense.

With city and county jails crowded with drunks and the nation's penitentiaries half full of alcoholics, it is natural that modern penologists face these problems realistically. The Twentieth Century has brought great changes in penal practices. Rehabilitation is replacing mere punitive detention.

-- Henry Max Heilig

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