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From the Editor

This month?s cover story examines the environmental woes, and history, of one old prison in Colorado. In many respects this is a microcosm of many prisons in the United States. The negative aspects of prisons on the environment itself, and on the prisoners housed in them, has rarely been explored or discussed by the media. We hope to change that and will continue reporting the environmental impact of mass imprisonment in upcoming issues of PLN. The cover story is by Alan Prendergast, longtime writer for Westword in Denver and one of the best reporters covering criminal justice issues in America today. We are pleased that Westword has allowed us to reprint the article and bring it to a wider audience outside Colorado.

As we start the New Year our goals include expanding PLN?s circulation to 8,000 subscribers. We are currently at 6,700. We have recently undertaken a major effort to expand our readership among women prisoners and that has been very successful. While PLN already had subscribers in almost all male prisons we could not say the same for women?s prisons. At this point PLN has subscribers in all women?s prisons in the country for the first time. Hopefully that will remain the case.

If you have not yet made a donation to PLN?s annual fundraiser please do so now. Donations can be sent by mail, phone or online. We rely on our reader?s support above and beyond the cost of a subscription to do our advocacy, litigation and other activities on behalf of prisoners in addition to publishing our monthly magazine. Encourage friends and family members to donate and subscribe as well. We also sent our prisoner subscribers our biannual survey, so let us know what you like, don?t like or want to see changed in PLN.

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