From the July 1976 magazine.

They Got Caught--And We Didn't

AFTER ATTENDING meetings at Jackson Prison for over a year, I have a lot of reason to keep going back. The guys in these places are no different from us on the outside. They may wear prison garb and be called numbers instead of names, but they are still alcoholics. The only difference between them and us is that they got caught for their crimes, and we didn't. How many of us can honestly say we didn't commit some sort of crime that should have put us in prison? I know I should have been there. I most likely would be there today if I hadn't found AA.

Why do I keep going back to Jackson? The answer is simple: I am attending a meeting--mostly to help myself, but just maybe I'll help a fellow alcoholic. Some of the guys there attend meetings because it looks good toward their parole. This is a fact. But how about some of us when we first started going to AA? I went in the very beginning to get my wife off my back. Others went to save their jobs or to stay out of jail. At the prison meeting, I might help one guy, but if I don't, I know I am helping me. So I don't stand to lose anything except time, and I have plenty of that.

-- Bob M.

Bay City, Michigan

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