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From the Editor

Over the years, PLN has frequently reported on the efforts of legislators and prisoncrats to seize money from prisoners, the vast majority of whom are poor. This trend has sharply accelerated in recent years. The cover story of this issue of PLN is excerpted from the recent PLN anthology, Prison Profiteers: Who Makes Money from Mass Incarceration, published earlier this year by the New Press. The book is available from PLN and documents the growing practice of further impoverishing and penalizing those enmeshed in the criminal justice system. Kristen Levingston does a great job showing how these efforts to further immiserate the poor only make a bad situation worse. If you like this article I hope you consider reading the entire book, it?s well worth the read as we show who?s benefitting from policies of mass imprisonment. Not just who is harmed. Prison Profiteers is available from PLN and fine book sellers everywhere. Only PLN has the paperback edition at this time.

I would like to thank everyone who donated to PLN?s annual fundraiser this year. We extended it to the end of March as our mailing was delayed going out. I will report the outcome in next month?s editorial once we have added up the results. All support, whether large or small, is much needed and appreciated. Prisoner readers who have not yet returned their surveys should do so as soon as possible so we can tabulate the results. We want to know what you think of PLN and how we can better serve your needs.

Among our goals for this year are expanding PLN?s size to bring readers even more news and information. But we want to make sure we can sustain it and not have to cut back in size. We are also working hard to expand our readership. The more subscribers PLN has the lower our per issue cost is. Between now and the end of July we are running our subscription madness sale. Buy gift subscriptions of PLN for non subscribers as an introductory offer and get low prices! It costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time to do sample mailings of PLN to potential subscribers. By letting readers buy introductory gift subscriptions for potential subscribers we pass the savings on. If there is someone you think might be interested in PLN, buy them a gift subscription and they can check us out. Potential subscribers include legislators, judges, journalists, family members, prisoners, pen pals, and anyone else interested in the criminal justice system in general and prisons in particular.

Expanding the number of advertisers we have is another way we can grow in size. If you patronize PLN advertisers, let them know you saw their ad in PLN.
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