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Danny Trejo: Prisoner–Actor…

Editor Paul Wright of the Prison Legal News (a remarkable story in itself) sat down over luncheon with the actor Danny Trejo for a free-wheeling interview. The discussion was interrupted only by Danny’s cheerfully signing autographs for fans, mostly kids.

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If actor Danny Trejo was in the American gulag today, as a 4-time loser he’d be a lifer. Would that be justice? His is an example well worth considering.

Unlike snitches like Charlie Sheen, who gave up Heidi Fleiss whom he used to rent girls from, or Tim Allen who gave up other coke dealers to save his own ass, Danny Trejo did his own time.

And it wasn’t acting that saved Trejo; he did that himself before he achieved professional fame. more…

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Heroes, Dogs, Screws & Blues…

A prison publication started at the same time as I started my own sentence (and personal newsletter, the Communiqué) back in 1990, is the Prison Legal News by Paul Wright.

The PLN is a remarkable 56-pg monthly compendium of prison and legal news. More remarkably, for its first 13 years it was written and edited by Paul from inside the Washington State prison system. more…

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Prison Legal News & Paul Wright…

Among one of the most inspiring stories of my 20 years in federal prison, is that of the Prison Legal News.  This foremost prisoner rights and news journal was started by two Washington state prisoners, Paul Wright and Ed Mead in May of 1990.

Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News

The PLN was initially a 10-page, typed and stapled production with 75 subscribers.  When Mead got out in ‘93, he was replaced by another co-editor, Dan Pens.

As one might imagine, this enterprise was against considerable opposition over the years by the prison systems, along with no small measure of internal problems and disputes.

One of those disputes in 2001 involved the outside office manager, Fred Markham, who stole more than $19,000 of PLN’s money.  That represented all the financial assets of the magazine.  Markham had spent 27 years in Texas and Washington state prisons; you’d think he’d know better. more…