Everything we do is focused on achieving our core campaign objectives. Your support and involvement in our campaigning work is vital to achieving less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. We need you to act now for penal reform.
Petition: No children's super-prison
Branded a 'secure college', the government is planning to build one of the largest children's prisons in Europe. At a cost of £85 million, they plan to coop up 320 troubled young people on a single site. Childrenís prisons are violent and dangerous environments which fail to turn lives around and threaten public safety.
Young people who end up in the criminal justice system have a whole host of complex needs, from backgrounds of abuse or neglect to poor educational attainment. All evidence shows these problems can be tackled through effective community sentences. They are never resolved behind the walls of a huge prison.
The very small number of children who truly require custody should be held in very small secure homes, focused on their complex welfare needs.
Instead of pursuing this wasteful and dangerous policy, the government must halt their plans, invest instead in alternatives to custody and reduce the number of children held behind bars.
Community Sentences Cut Crime
The campaign aims to encourage public and government support for successful community sentences. We believe that well resourced and well structured programmes raise public protection, bring down the rate of offending and repay the damage done by crime in a way which custodial sentences cannot. Our Community Programmes Awards aim to promote best practice in community programmes which serve as alternatives to custody.
Children and the police
Our work on police and child arrests forms the Howard League for Penal Reformís objectives to stem the flow of people into the penal system. It specifically follows our strategic aim to reduce the number of children coming into contact with the police and to improve the quality of contact between young people and the police.
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We need more members to give greater strength to our campaigns and to create a mass movement for change. By joining you will give us a bigger voice and give vital financial support to our work.