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Editorial Comments

The sharp-eyed reader will have noticed our new return address for the newsletter. This is the 3rd new address in 4 issues, and it isn't even in Washington State. Paul's dad in Florida has agreed to be our outside publisher until such a time as we are able to build a core of people willing to do the job here in the Northwest. Mail all donations of stamps and money to:

Prisoners Legal News
PO Box 1684
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Send articles, poetry, graphics, and your letters (but not money) to Paul or me at::

Paul Wright #930783
Box 5000, HC-63
Clallam Bay, WA 98326
Edward Mead #251397
PO Box 777
Monroe, WA 98272

Speaking of money, it costs 3¢ a page to reproduce the ten paged copy of the newsletter you are reading (30¢/issue), and it costs an additional 25¢ to mail it to each reader. That's a total of 55¢ of our money to get this paper to each person. Plus we put a lot of work into writing and typing the articles, pasting in graphics, etc. Then we have outside volunteers who reproduce and mail the paper, and maintain our mailing list.

So far (the fist 2 issues) our contributions have covered less than a quarter of the cost of production. If you have not donated something to us, we ask you to do so now. Even a few stamps would be helpful.

In the next issue we will have the legislative aspect of our proposed battle plan against the parole board outlined. It will be a citizen's initiative to place a law on the ballot that will abolish the parole board and turn its functions over to the courts. This plan will need widespread discussion both inside and out, as it will involve our family members spending a year collecting the signatures of the voters form around the state.

We also want to continue exploring things we can do now, such as working to repeal RCW 9.95.100 (the statute saying prisoners cannot be released unless certified "rehabilitated" by the Parole Board).

Finally, we get a lot of letters from prisoners asking for help with their individual legal cases. We support prisoners' rights litigation only; our objective is to change the system.

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