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Longtime readers may recall the Florida DOC did the same thing in 2003 and when we sued, on the morning of trial, they rescinded their policy claiming they would never again do such a thing.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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