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From the Editor

On an ongoing basis PLN conducts sample mailings to the mailing lists of other organizations and publications as part of our efforts to reach new potential subscribers who may not be aware of us and to encourage them to subscribe. Occasionally this causes some confusion when existing subscribers receive sample copies of PLN in addition to their subscription copy. If you have received multiple copies of PLN simply look at the address label; the copy that is part of your PLN subscription will have an expiration date for your subscription on the line above your address. Sample copies will not. If you are already a PLN subscriber and receive additional copies please pass them along to friends who may be interested in subscribing. One way to keep costs down is to increase our readership, as the more subscribers we have the lower our per issue costs. You can help in this process by encouraging others to subscribe to PLN.

This month’s cover story is about the ongoing corruption that permeates the private prison industry in general and the private prison industry in Florida in particular; sadly, Florida prisoners will not be able to read this article because for the past eight months or so the Florida DOC has censored all copies of PLN by claiming that our ads for pen pals, phone services and postage stamps are somehow a threat to prison security. Longtime readers may recall the Florida DOC did the same thing in 2003 and when we sued, on the morning of trial, they rescinded their policy claiming they would never again do such a thing. Alas, the district court and appeals court fell for the lie and declared the case moot and a few years later they do the same thing again. I believe that this is a pretext for the fact that they simply dislike PLN’s content which tells it like it is.

The New York prison system has also banned PLN by claiming that our acceptance of postage stamps as payment violates their policies even though we have done so since 1990. All books distributed by PLN as well as PLN the magazine are being banned by New York state prisons. Even the free diabetes manual which we distribute free of charge to diabetic prisoners!

We are preparing to challenge these statewide censorship attacks but this requires extensive resources and we rely on reader support to be able to undertake these censorship cases. If you like our news coverage and believe in the notion of a free press that is not censored and controlled by the government and its corporate masters, then please take this opportunity to support our work by sending a donation.

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