Weekly News Update is the weekly newsletter of the Nicaragua Solidarity Network. Each issue comes filled with news and information not reported by the mainstream American media. In fact, PLN regularly reprints prison related articles from WNU and uses it as a resource for other articles. While I disagree with a lot of their political analysis, the information is detailed enough that people can draw their own conclusions from it. They are seeking to expand their circulation and will send a free sample on request. Subscriptions are a bargain at only $25.00 a year for 52 issues. Write: NSN, 339 Lafayette St. New York, NY. 10012. (212) 674-9499.
Journal of Prisoners on Prisons is a bi-annual publication from Canada written by prisoners in the US and Canada about the criminal justice system, prisons, etc. The latest issue contains articles about an innocent man in prison (he pleaded guilty to a crime he did not commit), persecution of Native American activist Little Rock Reed, the uprising at Lucasville, OH, the Canadian parole system, book reviews and more. The publication is polished and well written. Subscriptions are $4.00 a year for prisoners; $10.00 a year for others. Write: JPP, Box 54, University Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, R3T 2N2, Canada.
Criminal Law Forum is a scholarly, peer reviewed journal of international human rights and criminal law. Published three times a year in a booklet format, each issue contains articles, book reviews, conference papers, publications, developments in international law and more. CLF can be cited in briefs and other legal papers. Subscriptions cost $45.00 a year. Write: Criminal Law Forum, Rutgers Law School, 5th and Penn Streets, Camden, NJ. 08102.
Middle Ground is a quarterly magazine published by Middle Ground, a non-profit organization which advocates and provides numerous services for prisoners and their families in Arizona. The newsletter itself is 16 pages long and filled with informative articles pertaining to conditions, litigation, court decisions, etc., within the Arizona prison system. In addition to their newsletter they offer numerous services to prisoners including parole board issues, legal research, paralegal services, major infraction issues and much more. A must for Arizona prisoners and a lot of interesting information for those in other states. Subscriptions are $3.00 a year for prisoners; $20.00 a year for others. For more information contact: Middle Ground, 139 East Encanto Dr. Tempe, AZ. 85281. (602) 966-8116.
California Prisoner is the quarterly newspaper of the Prisoner Rights Union. The PRU is under new leadership and their paper has a new look with more focus on mobilizing to counteract anti-prisoner legislation and CDC policies. Articles include the 3 Strikes You're Out law, parole rules and hearings, health, interviews, and more. Subscriptions are $5.00 for prisoners, $30/25 for citizens. Write: PRU, P.O. Box 1019, Sacramento, CA. 95812-1019.
Criminal Justice in America: A Ballpark Figure is a special issue tabloid newspaper produced by the Social Workers for Social Responsibility. This issue discusses the "3 Strikes" hysteria sweeping the nation as well as criminal justice policy in general. A variety of articles, statistics and artwork make the point that current crime policy offers no solutions to any of society's problems. The paper is well produced and easy to read. One graphic makes the point that the $2 billion spent on building 6 prisons would lift 347,000 families out of poverty, or send 579,000 kids to college or hire 53,000 teachers for California classrooms. It also lists a variety of resources and groups working on criminal justice issues. Copies are available for a donation. Write: Social Workers for Social Responsibility, Student Activities Box 355, California State University, 6000 J St. Sacramento, CA. 95819.
Jam Ragis a bi-monthly counter culture tabloid covering the music and alternative scene throughout Michigan. They have a lot of info on drug legalization efforts as well as governrnent persecution of hemp activists. One of the better alternative papers we've seen. They are actively seeking contributions from prison writers: articles, stories and more. Subscriptions are $16.00 for 20 issues. Write: Jam Rag, Box 20076, Ferndale, MI. 48220.
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