Welcome To the Prisons Committee

Please join us in carrying the A.A. message to the inmate behind the walls. Our committee has been successful in helping many new members in the correctional institutions to find sobriety and help them get comfortable in A.A. Please go here for a list of guidelines for taking a meeting into a prison.

Bucks Zone Information  Chester Zone Information

Statistics show that approximately 80% of inmates should be classified as alcoholics, and we may be the only opportunity they have to hear the A.A. message.

Committee Member Responsibilities

Prison Meeting Chair Requirement

One year of continuous sobriety is required and you will be also required to fill out an application for a background check.

Prison Meeting Speaker Requirement

Six months of continuous sobriety is required to speak at a prison meeting commitment.

Individual Commitment

Prison commitments are individual commitments not group commitments

The Prison Committee meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00pm AT THE INTERGROUP OFFICE, 444 No. 3rd Street, Suite #3E, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

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Zones Information

Bucks County Prison Information

Welcome to the Bucks County Zone Prison committee page. Here you will find all the information you need to be involved in this valuable and rewarding type of service.

To start we service the Bucks County Corrections facilities.
The main lockup is located at:
Bucks County Department of Corrections
1730 S. Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

The Work release program is located just around the corner of the main lockup on Almshouse Rd.

Our contacts for these facilities are:
Phil W. – Zone corrections coordinator – p…215-801-8707 – email… philwexler@comcast.net
Jennelle Jakel – Lockdown contact p…215-345-3743 – f…215-345-3745
Christine Fraley Galione – Work release contact p…215-345-3924

We currently support 25 men’s and 30 women’s commitments per month or 13 meetings per week.

Requirements:

The Bucks County DOC requires that all AA hosts and speakers meet the following requirements:

• Minimum age of 21.
• Recovering hosts/speakers/volunteers must have one (1) year of continuous sobriety.
• Hosts/speakers/volunteers must have had no incarcerations for at least two (2) years.
• Hosts/speakers/volunteers must be off any probation or parole supervision for at least two (2) years.
• Valid photo identification must be shown to gain clearance and to enter the facility.
• Hosts/speakers/volunteers must have completely gone through the clearance procedure (below).

Expectations:
The following are expectations of all AA and hosts, speakers:

• A time commitment of at least six (6) months.
• The confidentiality of meeting attendees will be maintained at all times.
• Hosts/speakers will not engage in private solicitation, favors, personal exchanges, gifts, promises of contraband of any kind, or touching of any meeting attendee. If you sense an inappropriate relationship starting, report it immediately. Any of these infractions are grounds for immediate termination.
• No more than three (3) volunteers will be allowed at any one meeting.
• Meetings will be conducted by the same gender volunteers as the attendees.
• Meetings will begin and end at their prescheduled times.
• Hosts/speakers will inform attendees that they must remain in the meeting room until the meeting is completed and the room returned to its original condition.
• Hosts/speakers/volunteers must wear appropriate attire when entering either facility. Halter tops, tank tops, see-through tops, midriffs, tube tops, shorts (men or women), miniskirts, hoodies or any form of open toed shoes will not be permitted. Revealing garments which do not sufficiently cover private areas of the body will be cause for denial of entry.
• Remember, you are a Host/Speaker/Volunteer at a Correctional Facility. Your safety, the safety of the staff and inmates is of the utmost importance. If your meeting is denied, delayed, canceled or cut short it is with this in mind. Please be understanding and cooperative.

Procedures:
The following clearance procedures must be followed prior to accepting a commitment:

Clearance
• Hosts/speakers/volunteers must obtain clearance by going to the Pennsylvania State Police website: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp. In the center of the page under “NEW RECORD CHECK VOLUNTEERS ONLY” and follow the instructions at each prompt; there is a cost of $0.00. If you do not have a criminal record, most of the time, you will get a certificate of clearance immediately. If your information ‘hits’ on something in the database, you will receive an immediate “Request Under Review” response. This response does not necessarily mean that you have a record; it just means your information requires manual review.  After the review, your status will be updated to “No Record” or “Record,” this can take up to two (2) weeks.  If you do have a record you will receive a letter in the mail, at the address you provided, with the details of your record within two to four (2-4) weeks. This does not necessarily mean you are unable to be a volunteer. Your information will need to be reviewed by the BCCF Administration to see if your clearance will be granted.

Forwarding Information
• Once you receive your letter/certificate/record:
1.) Please forward that letter/certificate/record, along with
2.) A copy of your valid Driver’s License and
3.) The signed Volunteer Agreement included with this document,
4.) Forward to: BCCF, Drug & Alcohol Treatment Section,
Attention: Jennelle Jakel
Via mail: 1730 S. Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901;
Or fax: 215-345-3743;
Or email (scan): jfjakel@buckscounty.org

Confirmation
• Hosts/speakers/volunteers should call Jennelle Jakel in approximately two (2) weeks at 215-345-3745 to confirm they have been entered into the system for volunteering.

Renewal
• Once cleared, the names will be maintained on a list of “approved” speakers for one (1) year. Hosts/speakers/volunteers will have to renew their clearance annually.

Taking a Commitment
• Hosts/speakers/volunteers are required to call at least one (1) business day prior to their commitment date to 215-345-3745 (prison) and 215-345-3924 (community corrections center). No one will be admitted to either facility unless their names are on the daily memo/calendar sent to the Lobby Officer/Control Center Officer by the Drug and Alcohol Treatment section.

Download Form for Volunteer Agreement:

BucksPrisonforweb.pdf (269 downloads)

Chester County Information

If you need assistance with the form below, please contact one of the following individuals:

 

Title Person Telephone Email
Men’s CCZ Prison Coordinator Craig M. 415-806-3626 dearhavenfarm@gmail.com
Men’s CCZ Alternate Prison Coordinator  Andy J. 302-545-6537  andy@kghometeam.com
Women’s Prison Coordinator  Martha V. 610-733-2571  marthavollmer@hotmail.com
Women’s Alternate Prison Coordinator  Kelly G. 484-354-6739  kellygandolfo20102007@yahoo.com

 

On the Chester County Prison Form, All spaces must be filled. Use “NONE” if needed. Keep the copy of the Guidelines.

Return the Clearance form and Information form to: Your Intergroup Rep, or, your Chester County Zone Coordinator or mail to:

Chester County Zone Prison Committee

PO Box 443

West Chester, Pa. 19381-0443

Please BE SURE TO INCLUDE A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER’s LICENSE

Click below to download or view the Chester Prison Clearance Form

Chester Prison Clearance Form (253 downloads)

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Prisons Committee Meeting

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October 2017

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October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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November 2017

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November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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December 2017

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December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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January 2018

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January 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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February 2018

Prisons Committee Meeting

February 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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March 2018

Prisons Committee Meeting

March 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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April 2018

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April 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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May 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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