The Harris Review

Media Statement

Wednesday 1 July 2015

The Harris Review

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Changing Prisons, Saving Lives: Report of the Independent Review into Self-Inflicted Deaths in Custody of 18-24 year olds, published today (Wednesday 1 July).

The review, led by Lord Harris of Haringey, examined the deaths in custody of 87 people (four children and 83 young adults aged from 18 to 24) between April 2007 and December 2013. Its report makes 108 recommendations.

The Howard League was among 54 organisations and individuals who submitted written evidence to the review. The charity also gave oral evidence to Lord Harris and his team.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “This is a magisterial overview of the failings in the system. It is the most comprehensive analysis of why so many young people are dying in our prisons ever undertaken.

“The important question now is ‘What happens next?’

“The challenge has been placed before government, judges, magistrates, prisons, the Crown Prosecution Service and police. Everyone has to play their part in building the change that will save lives.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the world. It is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.
  2. The Howard League’s submission to the Harris Review can be read online here
  3. Changing Prisons, Saving Lives: Report of the Independent Review into Self-Inflicted Deaths in Custody of 18-24 year olds can be found here.
  4. The Howard League is conducting a joint programme of work with Centre for Mental Health on suicide prevention in prisons. More information about the programme.

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