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Prisoner PAC Announces Formation

We are proud to announce the creation of the Massachusetts Prisoners Association, a newly registered Political Action Committee working on behalf of the more than 20,000 prisoners currently confined within the Massachusetts Prisons and Houses of Correction and their family members, addressing the concerns of prisoners in the political arena.

In the coming months, the Association will be working on voter registration efforts to assist each and every eligible prisoner and family member to get registered to vote in the upcoming 1998 elections, as well as to encourage each prisoner and family member to participate in the electoral process. Additionally, we will be providing educational material to our members, informing them of the voting records of incumbent elected officials with respect to their stand on prisoner issues and public safety concerns.

As a registered Political Action Committee we are allowed to financially assist candidates for political office. It is our intention to support for political office any and all candidates no matter their political party affiliation, provided that they have either proven through their past performance that they have listened to the concerns of prisoners and their family members, or have shown a willingness to listen to both sides of an issue.

We would greatly appreciate any financial donation you may be able to afford to assist us in attempts to significantly alter current trends and direction. Donations may be made by check payable to: Massachusetts Prisoners Association, PO Box 195, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Excerpted from: Prison Connections, Vol. 1, No. 1, a quarterly newsletter of prison activism in New England. Subscriptions are $5/inivididuals and $10/institutions by writing to: Western Massachusetts Prison Issues Group; PO Box 9606, North Amherst, MA 01059-9606.

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