Correctional Facilities

I am responsible…,

When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help, I want

the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that: I AM RESPONSIBLE.*

Area 50 Corrections Committee Meeting

See area 50 calendar for the next Corrections Meeting, and for further information, please e-mail



The Corrections Committees single purpose is to facilitate AA members in carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the alcoholic who is confined in a correctional facility. The activities of this committee are based on, and governed by, the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Our primary activities are:

  • Coordinate with District Chairpersons, Intergroup chairs, Correctional Facility Contact persons and AA volunteers to take AA meetings into correctional facilities
  • Provide AA conference approved literature from the Pink Can contributions. The Area 50 Pink Can system was begun as an effort to provide literature to incarcerated alcoholic inmates, by circulating Pink Cans at meetings to collect contributions from AA members. All money from the Pink Cans is sent to the Corrections Treasurer, who deposits it in a fund which is used only for the purchase of AA conference approved literature, Grapevines, and La Vinas.
  • Pink Can contributions to be used for inmates incarcerated as follows:
    • County Jails (with the exception of those involved in most work release programs).
    • Western New York State Prisons.
    • Federal Prisons located in the State of Western New York
    • Juvenile lock down Facilities.
    • Postage and other expenses regarding Pink Can literature are paid out of the Area 50 Corrections Committee yearly budget.
  • Encourage correspondence contacts for inmates. This provides an opportunity for AA volunteers to correspond with inmates both sate wide and nationally.
  • Host the Area 50 Corrections Conference working through the efforts of a district hosting committee. The Corrections Conference takes place in April each year. The Conference brings AA members together with corrections professionals to further a mutual understanding of our goals.
  • Encourage the temporary contact of volunteers and alcoholic ex-offenders, which will help support them find a meeting, and merge into the mainstream AA community upon their release.
  • Support statewide activities and assemblies at local AA community events by setting out an informational table with all appropriate corrections materials, whenever possible


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact the Area 50 Corrections Chair .

To make PINK CAN DONATIONS make Checks or Money Orders out to Area 50 Corrections Committee.

Send to:

Area 50 Corrections


Suite 103, 5999 S Park Ave

Hamburg, NY 14075


Additional Correction Facilities literature may be obtained through the above address using this order form.

For a copy of the Corrections Committee Procedure Guide click here

AA members on the outside can contribute to their own sobriety and that of the inmate by becoming a Corresponding Contact. The Corresponding Contact communicates with the inmate by letter sharing their experience, strength and hope. This helps the inmate to become acquainted with AA on the outside and your letter becomes a meeting-in-print for the inmate.

Here are copies of the Inmate Correspondence Form

and the Inmate Contact Request Form.

*Reprinted from: The A.A. Service Manual 2006-2007, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.