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From the Editor

Welcome to the first issue of PLN for 2003. If you have not yet been donated to PLN's annual fund-raiser it is not too late to do so. All donations, large or small, help. Your donations go directly to supporting the work that PLN does. We have several exciting projects underway for 2003 which include getting all PLN back issues on line on our website. PLN's website already attracts about 30,000 visitors a month and everything can be done online that can be done by mail: subscriptions, books, indexes and back issues can be purchased; a subscriber's address can be changed and information about PLN can be requested to be sent to anyone in the United States. We plan to expand PLN's web presence in the coming year.

In addition to reporting news from other outlets, PLN also develops and reports stories of its own. This includes working in conjunction with other media outlets to develop and research stories that PLN lacks the resources to do on its own. This month's cover story on poor health care in Washington is a case in point. I originally started working on abysmal health care in Washington prisons several years ago. It quickly became apparent this was a large story and one which I was unable to fully develop due to being in prison. After shopping the story around, Angela Galloway, a reporter at the Post Intelligencer in Seattle, one of the largest dailies in Washington, agreed to look into the matter. The results are in this issue of PLN and will be concluded in future months. This type of collaboration also helps bring awareness of prison issues to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.

PLN's Supplemental Index of Articles for 2002 is now available. See p. 34 for order information. Our new book, Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor, is now available for shipping. This too is part of the public education work that PLN carries out in addition to publishing this magazine. PLN continues to be almost solely reader supported. If you believe in an independent, prisoner media this is your chance to support it.

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