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Missed out on a London Marathon place? Why not run for us?

The Howard League celebrates its 150th birthday in 2016 and, to mark the occasion, we are giving our supporters the chance to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon and other challenge events. 

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Howard League wins Charity Award!

On Thursday 18th June 2015, the Howard League for Penal Reform was awarded a prestigious Charity Award for its successful Books for Prisoners campaign.

The campaign called on the government to overturn the ban that prevented prisoners being sent books.

After months of hard work, thousands of petition signatures and tens of thousands of “shelfies” tweets, the ban was reversed. Now 85,000 people in prison can receive books from loved ones.

The success of this campaign proves that strong movements can achieve real and lasting change. Thanks to all our members and supporters who got involved!

Read the full press release here

Photo: Prison Image

How your membership helps

Your membership, quite simply, enables us to exist. The Howard League for Penal Reform is an independent charity and so relies upon the support of its members and donors to continue its work towards less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. We need our members to achieve real change and give added authority to our campaigns for a less costly and more effective criminal justice system.

Thank you for your support. Our impact over the last year could not be achieved without your help.

Ministry of Justice overcrowding fgures

On Thursday 11th June, the Ministry of Justice apologised after finding that figures contained in NOMS annual report had understated levels of overcrowding each year since 2008-9. The statement comes two years after the Howard League published research showing almost 20,000 prisoners were being kept in overcrowded conditions in England and Wales. Read the full press release here.

Pentonville: Overcrowded and understaffed

The Howard League has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons report on Pentonville prison published on 23rd June 2015. Inspectors found the prison to be twice as violent as it had been during its previous inspection, only 17 months earlier.  Read the full press release here.  


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