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Urgent action - independent scrutiny of prisons

We believe making money out of punishing people is both reprehensible and immoral and it is on these grounds that we have opposed the private management of prisons.

Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed, violence is prevalent and deaths by suicide have increased. Private prisons are taking £500m of taxpayers’ money each year, so they must be open to independent scrutiny.

Last Friday, our Chief Executive Frances Crook received an email  banning her from visiting two private prisons, not by G4S who had invited her but by the Ministry of Justice. They do not want to let Frances Crook into the prisons because the Howard League is a vocal opponent of prison privatisation.

Julian Huppert MP, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons urging the government to facilitate independent scrutiny of prisons. We are asking you, our supporters, to take action by emailing your MP as soon as possible, urging them to sign EDM 906. Please ensure that when you email them you include the EDM number – 906.

Read EDM 906

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As Parliament is dissolved for the general election in a few days' time, we need you to contact your MP today. If you use Twitter, you can also tweet your MP, please do ensure you include us, @TheHowardLeague in your tweet.

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