The Howard League for Penal Reform is a UK charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
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We work with parliament and the media, with criminal justice professionals, students and members of the public, influencing debate and forcing through meaningful change to create safer communities.
We campaign on a wide range of issues. Recent programmes have focused on transforming prisons, reducing child arrests, promoting real work in custody, and ending the criminalisation of children in residential care.
We use our legal work to transform and shape the law for children and young people.
The Howard League is named after John Howard, the founder of the penal reform movement. Between 1775 and 1790 Howard journeyed across Europe searching for a model of a humane prison system for English jails to follow.
The Howard League for Penal Reform
The Howard Association and the Penal Reform League merged in 1921 to form The Howard League for Penal Reform. Today the League continues to campaign for change in the criminal justice system. They run a legal service for children and young people in custody, conduct research, and run a variety of campaigns on vital issues.
The Howard League is independent from government and relies on voluntary donations from members and supporters. The best way to support our work is to become a member and add your voice to our movement for change.