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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.

NEW: The Howard League legal team are fundraising!

Our fantastic legal team took part in this year's London Legal Walk on 19th May 2014. They walked 10km across London, led by the Lord Chief Justice, along with thousands of other walkers raising money for charities that provide free legal advice in London and the South East.

Our team are raising money for the Howard League, which provides free, independent and confidential advice, assistance and representation on a wide range of issues to young people under 21 who are in prisons or secure children's homes and centres.

You can still sponsor the team and support our work!

NEW: Petition against secure colleges for children

We have launched a new petition to Chris Grayling and Nick Clegg on the proposals they have just announced for secure colleges for children.

The worrying proposals to build one of the largest child prisons in Europe will endanger children and threaten public safety.

Instead of investing 85 million into this dangerous policy, the government should be reducing the number of children held behind bars. The small number of children who truly require custody should be held in very small secure homes, which can focus on their complex welfare needs.

We need the support of our members to ensure this proposal is halted. Please sign our petition and share via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Sign the petition

Prison healthcare conference

The Royal Society of Medicine are holding a one-day conference on 21st June 2014 entitled 'Prison healthcare: making bad people worse?'

Expert speakers will discuss current challenges encountered by providers of prison healthcare, addressing both the physical and mental needs of prisoners.

Find out more and book your place

Kate O'Hara runs Bristol 10k for the Howard League!

Kate O'Hara completed the Bristol 10k on Sunday 11th May 2014, raising money for our work. You can still sponsor Kate and support her in this fantastic challenge!

Sponsor Kate

If you want to take on your own challenge to raise money for the Howard League, please contact Caroline.

Annual Report now available

Members are invited to read our Annual Report online. If you require a hard copy please contact Caroline on 020 7249 7373 or .

Action of the week

Check back here each week for a new action you can take to help our work.

Fundraising events

Members can fundraise for the Howard League by running, swimming, cycling and more - every penny you raise will help support our vital work for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.

Howard Tea

Help support our work by holding a 'Howard Tea' for friends, family or colleagues.


See what other members have been up to and submit your own photos.

Member testimonials

Read some of the reasons other members have joined.

Renew your membership here

If your membership is due for renewal you can renew here.

Update your details

If you have moved to a new address or changed your email, please let us know by emailing or calling 020 7249 7373. You can also write to us at the main office address: 1 Ardleigh Road, London N1 4HS.

Member FAQs

Frequently asked questions about membership.

The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

All members have online access to the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

You need to register to get your online access details - email or call 020 7249 7373.

The Howard

The Howard is the Howard League newspaper with all the latest stories on penal reform.

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