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From the Editor

Welcome to the 20th anniversary issue of Prison Legal News. It is quite the milestone in the history of any magazine or organization to reach the 20 year mark. The cover story and sidebar lay out our history and what we have accomplished in the past two decades.

Along the way, a lot of people have helped make PLN possible. This ranges from volunteers, donors, foundations, writers, advertisers, our board of directors and lawyers to our subscribers and other supporters. It has been very much a collective enterprise.

Our office move is largely completed as this issue goes to press. Comcast was slow to switch over our existing telephone lines to our new office so some people may have received a disconnected phone message. That has been resolved and the phones were finally ported over. Our Vermont office numbers include 802 579-1309 and 802 257-1342. We have done our best to maintain our mailing, printing and production operations as smoothly as possible during this move and have largely succeeded though our print schedule fell behind a little. We are planning to get back on our regular schedule within the next few issues.

We closed our Seattle office and consolidated our two offices in order to cut costs and reduce expenses. However, that entailed some one-time additional expenses ranging from the move across country itself to office furniture, rent, etc. Any donations you can send will greatly help. We are also looking for volunteers for our office in Brattleboro which is close to Southern New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts in Southern Vermont. We have plenty of light office work that volunteers can help with that range from a few hours a month to much more.

When you patronize PLN advertisers tell them you saw their ad in PLN. If you know of reputable businesses that market their wares to prisoners, let them know about PLN and send us their name and address so we can reach out to them. Increased advertising is what has made PLN’s size expansion possible. The more advertisers we have, the more news we can bring you.

Enjoy this issue of PLN and please encourage others to subscribe. If you can afford to make a donation to help us commemorate our 20th anniversary please do so. All donations are tax deductible.

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