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From the Editor

Welcome to another issue of PLN. Readers may have noticed that we have kicked off PLNs annual subscription madness campaign where we allow folks to purchase multiple gift subscriptions for people who are not current PLN subscribers. This is a great way to let people know about PLN. If you know someone who is interested in criminal justice issues, whether a prisoner, legislator, journalist, judge, concerned citizen or family member of a prisoner you should consider getting them a free gift subscription.
As I mentioned last month, we are undertaking a big campaign to boost our circulation. Our goals in building our circulation are several. One is to reach more non-prisoners to let them know what is happening in American prisons and jails. Second is to let activists, lawyers and prisoners know about the struggles and victories around the country to better wage their own local struggles and building PLNs circulation from our current 4,600 subscribers will help us keep subscription costs down as it lowers the per issue cost even as postage and printing costs continue to rise.

Current subscribers can help us keep costs down by letting us know immediately when they are moved. The post office does not forward copies of PLN, they are returned to us at a cost of 75 cents per issue. Informing us of address changes also ensures subscribers get their copies of PLN. Besides writing, our website has a special feature for subscribers to enter address changes. It is free and fast.

Speaking of free, PLNs list serv offers daily prison and jail related news and information. Prisoners can ask friends or family outside prison to sign up for it by going to PLNs website at

If you have not returned your reader survey it is not too late to do so. We will tabulate the results and report them in an upcoming issue of PLN. It is also not too late to donate to PLNs annual fundraiser. We are seeking to build our circulation and our impact.

Lastly, I would like to thank those readers who send us the information on the cases they win which allows us to report them in PLN. PLN is the only publication that regularly reports cases won by prisoners. The mainstream media and most court reporter services rarely cover the topic. If you win a case let us know about it so we can report it. We get a lot of mail from prisoner readers about cases they have filed. Due to space reasons we rarely report the filing of cases unless they are class actions or truly innovative. So save your postage and copies and wait until you win or settle the case at which time we will report it.

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