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Thanks from Thailand

Dear PLN Readers -- It's been over a year since we wrote. We received many thoughtful and kind responses from PLN readers--and we have wonderful news to share with you. Because of everyone's efforts on behalf of Americans incarcerated in Bangkok, the one kilo provision (which barred most of us from ever coming home) has been removed! I'm eligible now and along with seven other women will be submitting our requests to transfer. If I'm accepted by the DOJ we're looking at a July return "home."

This is proof that we can win one now and then, but we still need to work on getting Thailand to remove the 4/8 year mandatory minimum length of stay enforced on foreigners here. Many foreigners have life sentences. Eight years is a terrible toll for anyone to pay, separated from family and country.

We wish to thank you all very, very much for caring. We will still have time to do in the States, but there's no place like home!

-- Jackie Sample,
U.S. prisoner in Thailand

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