From the July 1978 magazine.

Not Just Locked up and Forgotten

In this section, six AAs--inside and out--share experiences of how the program works in prisons

AT A MEETING not long ago, the topic of prison was brought up. One man asked if others felt, as he did, that the men in prison are there because of what they did to our society, and that they deserve to be there.

Well, I listened as members gave their opinion one by one. They passed judgment, and they condemned. If a vote had been taken, it would have been something like seventy percent negative and thirty percent positive.

Eventually, it came my turn to talk, and this is what I asked of them: "Will everyone here who has been in prison please stand?" I counted four that stood...

-- R. M.

Bay City, Michigan