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From the Editor

The many duties I have as editor of PLN include doing a lot of the research for the news and legal stories that appear in PLN as well as coordinating PLN’s litigation efforts around the country, doing
advocacy on behalf of prisoners’ rights and administrative tasks related to the well being of PLN itself. All of which is fairly time consuming and exhausting. We are pleased to announce that effective September 19, 2005, we have hired Alex Friedmann as PLN’s associate editor to assist in both research and advocacy.

Alex is a former Tennessee state prisoner, skilled jailhouse lawyer and a long time prisoner rights advocate. While incarcerated Alex wrote regularly for PLN and since his release from prison has worked as a volunteer researcher for PLN. Alex is also one of the leading experts on the private prison industry in the US and has a wealth of knowledge and experience on that topic.
As associate editor Alex will now be doing a lot of the research for the news and legal stories that appear in PLN that I have been doing. We expect PLN’s already high quality to improve further. We are pleased and proud to have Alex on board.

Another change we have undertaken is the hiring of a desktop publishing specialist to handle the layout of each issue of PLN. Since we started publishing in 1990 we have done the layout of each issue of PLN, all 182 of them, in house. The last fifteen years have, however, seen a growing complexity to desktop publishing programs as they have gotten to the point that they require longer learning curves to use. Lance Scott is a professional graphic designer and he did the layout for the July issue of PLN as well as this issue and will be doing future issues as well. We see this as yet another important step in the ongoing professionalization of PLN. We are very pleased with Lance’s work and look forward to further improving the quality of each issue of PLN.

We have received a number of letters from concerned readers inquiring about the delay in receipt of their issues of PLN. As I mentioned in the last issue of PLN, our production schedule was delayed due a PLN trial in Florida and switching to a new desk top publishing program. We are publishing on a two week schedule and will be caught up on our regular schedule by the December issue. This does not affect the length of readers’ subscriptions as those are calculated based on the number of issues sent, not the dates. We apologize for the delays this has caused.

PLN’s website continues to grow in size and subscribers on a daily basis. Every issue of PLN is posted online now both in a PDF format of the original magazine as it appeared in print as well as the full text of every article in a searchable database and the full text of all court cases we have
published over the years. This has been a huge undertaking but it is finally available. All materials on the website can be easily printed for mailing to prisoners.

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