Correctional Facilities - History

The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous was in its seventh year when a pioneering warden at San Quentin Penitentiary asked nearby A.A.’s to carry the message to alcoholics in the prison. He was heard to say, “If the A.A. program will help just one man, I want to start it.”

Today there are hundreds of A.A. groups behind the walls, as well as many Correctional Facilities Committees serving them. In Area 87, Dave B. (the first official member of A.A. in Quebec) was one of the first “sponsors” of the “Excelsior Group” of the St. Vincent de Paul Federal Penitentiary.