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From the Editor

As this issue goes to press we are finishing the revamped PLN website which will have all the great content our previous site did as well as still more briefs, publications, reports and cases than our previous website did. The feedback we received from users about our old site was that it was not as easy to use as many had hoped. The new site has many new search capabilities and is much more user friendly, more visually appealing and better designed.

It has all back issues of PLN in both a PDF format and also in a searchable database. PLN?s website has thousands of prison and jail court cases and other information, far beyond what the magazine can publish in print format. Visit our website at www.prisonlegal For prisoners who do not have internet access, encourage friends and family members to visit our site as well.

The upcoming PLN anthology, Prison Profiteers is on schedule to be available at the beginning of the new year from the New Press and PLN will be distributing it as well. The book, which is edited by myself and Tara Herivel, examines who actually benefits from current US policies of mass incarceration. We will announce details and availability as the publication date gets closer.

The cover story of this issue of PLN examines the history and outcomes of prison litigation an contains useful insights and analysis explaining trends and issues in prison litigation. Beyond the scope of the article is the fact that the prisoner rights movement is so dependent on litigation, which is a reflection of how weak it is politically, as a movement. The executive and legislative branches of government have largely abdicated, at the national, local and state level, any meaningful leadership role in the criminal justice system. A situation that is unlikely to improve any time soon.

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