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From the Editor

We recently relaunched the Prison Legal News website. Like our previous website, this one contains all articles that have ever appeared in PLN, all copies of PLN in a searchable database format, in PDF format, thousands of court cases, briefs, pleadings, settlements, reports, publications, links to hundreds of other websites and a lot more.

The new site is much easier to use and navigate and is more user friendly. PLN staff have spent much of the past month loading thousands of documents on to the site to provide widespread dissemination of information about prison and jail issues, conditions and struggle. There is a modest subscription fee to the website ($9.95 a month, $69.95 a year), but free, no obligation 15 day trial subscriptions are available and it helps off set the costs of maintaining such a comprehensive and extensive site.

We already have the most complete listing of prison and jail related verdicts and settlements anywhere. If prisoners somewhere won a case we want to know about it. For older cases, even if we cannot publish it in PLN we can still include it in our database. If you have won or settled a case anytime within the past twenty years, feel free to send us the last amended complaint in the action and the settlement or the verdict sheet in the case and we will post the original documents on our website and summarize the information in our database so it will be accessible to everyone. If you win or settle a case in the future, let us know about it!

While prisoners do not have access to the internet their friends and families do and everything can be easily printed and mailed to prisoners. Let folks know about our website. There is no other resource available with as much information on prisons and jails as ours.

Other projects keeping us busy is Prison Profiteers, the PLN anthology which will examine who profits from mass imprisonment. The book is forthcoming from The New Press this winter.

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