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PNS Suspends US Publication

It is with deep regret that Prison News Service (PNS) is announcing that we are pulling back from the American side of our work. The paper will continue as is, but with a primarily Canadian focus. We will also be cutting the number of copies we send into U.S. prisons by 90 percent. We cannot keep up with the massive volume of mail we get from American prisoners, nor can we continue to pay for the more than 3,000 free subs that we were sending across the border.

We want to work with our friends and comrades in the U.S. to try to salvage as much as possible from the American side of our work. We don't know what form this might take. But if prisoners have any ideas as to how this might come about, write to Raze the Walls, Box 22774, Seattle, WA 98122-0774. We will continue to send PNS to American prisoners who have sent money or stamps. Prisoner subs will be $3 or 10 stamps. Regular subs will remain $10 for five issues.

Please pass the word along to anyone wondering what has happened to PNS. We will not be responding to requests from the U.S. for free copies. We know that our decision will disappoint our many friends and comrades in the American dungeons. We really struggled to keep the paper going this past couple of years. It is not a choice between doing the Canadian paper or continuing as we have, but of doing the Canadian paper or nothing. The American prison struggle will always be close to our hearts. If we can take care of business here at home, we will once again venture south of the border.

Jim Campbell, for Prison News Service

[Editor's Note: We at PLN are saddened to see this happen, but not surprised. PNS was carrying 3,000 U.S. prisoner subscribers for free. We salute PNS, and bid them a sad farewell. They put out a top-rate prison zine that focused primarily on U.S. prison issues. We're glad that they're continuing to publish in Canada, especially at a time when the Canadian prison system is entering an era of struggle.

We at PLN feel the added weight on our shoulders to carry out the task of spreading the news to U.S. prisoners -- not the corporate media version of the news, but the prisoner version. Please keep those subscription renewals and donations coming in. If PLN were to fall by the wayside... who in the U.S. would be left to fill this media niche?]

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