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From the Editor

As we near the end of the year we are doing PLN’s annual fundraiser and this one is especially crucial because it is our 20th anniversary. Most publications never publish 10 issues, much less 240. Twenty years is a milestone for any organization and moreso for a publication like PLN that has faced obstacles beyond those of the mere publishing industry.

Censorship has been a harsh reality for our entire existence as prison and jail officials believe that if they don’t like the news they can censor it out of existence. As this issue notes, we have recently settled our lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Corrections and substantially revamped their mail rules. Unfortunately, even as we resolve censorship issues in one state, two more, Florida and New York, have banned PLN on a statewide basis, Florida supposedly because of our advertising content and New York supposedly because we accept stamps as payment. Reader support is what allows us to successfully challenge these censorship attacks and achieve significant changes in how publishers’ mail to prisoners is processed, handled and delivered.

If you can afford to make a donation to PLN please do so. Every little bit helps and goes a long ways. The price we charge for subscriptions, especially prisoner subscriptions, does not cover all our costs and expenses, especially those related to challenging censorship by prisons and jails. You can make a donation by mail, online or by telephone. A donation to PLN will go further and make more of a difference than a donation to almost any other non profit organization. If you cannot afford to make a donation yourself please encourage others to make one.

As the holidays approach please consider buying friends and loved ones either a subscription to PLN or one of the books we publish or distribute. Note that the Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual is available from PLN as well as the publisher. In last month’s issue of PLN I reviewed the PSHLM and incorrectly stated when the 1st edition was published. The 1st edition was published by the ACLU National Prison Project and authored by James Potts in 1976, not 1983 by Dan Manville.

Be advised that Starting Out, the reentry book we had been distributing, is now out of print and no longer available. We will send refunds to any orders we have received for the book since the stock ran out. We maintain a significant book inventory on hand but many times when books go out of print we do not learn this until we are reordering a particular title. Generally books are out of stock because new editions are being prepared and titles updated, but sometimes they are simply not being reprinted. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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