If you find yourself facing court-mandated attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous AA meetings, you probably have questions about what is going to happen next, especially if you have never been to AA before. You may be wondering what exactly takes place at an AA meeting , how the meetings work, and how you are going to prove that you attended one since it’s an anonymous program. Due to prison overcrowding and the high cost of incarceration, alternative or diversion programs such as AA will sometimes be offered instead of jail time. That said, many offenders end up in Alcoholics Anonymous simply because it’s the only treatment option that is free. In most states, the court itself does not send people directly to Alcoholics Anonymous. Typically, you are first sent to a probation officer, counselor, or a caseworker who will oversee your participation in the alternative sentencing program.