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From the Editor

I am pleased to announce that The Celling of America: An Inside Look at the U.S. Prison Industry, PLN's first book which was published in 1998, is now available in Spanish. El Encarcelamiento de America was published last summer in Spain by Editorial Virus, a progressive publisher in Barcelona. Copies of the book are finally available for distribution in the US. Over the years we have received requests from Spanish speaking readers for books or materials in Spanish. While PLN lacks the resources to translate the magazine, the translation of the Celling of America is an important milestone, both because it helps educate people overseas about the American prison system and also because it makes that information accessible to non English reading Hispanics in this country. Ordering information for the English and Spanish edition alike is on page 33 of this issue of PLN.

PLN's second book, Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor is being well received by readers. We hope it too will also be made available in other countries. Prison Nation is the first book I am aware of that examines the correlation between mass imprisonment and the provision of counsel for indigent defendants. It also contains many articles about the prison industrial complex, activism on prison issues and much more. Many of these segments never appeared in PLN or any other publication. Prison Nation is also available from PLN.

I would like to thank everyone who donated to PLN's recent fundraiser. PLN relies largely on individual donations above and beyond its subscription costs to continue publishing. It is only through individual donations that PLN is able to continue its work. With the recent economic downturn, funding is tight for all non profits, but especially so for PLN which is largely cut off from traditional foundation funders who think that human rights violations don't occur in the United States. If you have not yet made a donation, it is not too late to do so, and all donations help.

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