The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, lead a poetry reading outside Pentonville prison to protest against the ban on sending books and other essentials to prisoners.

Books for prisoners campaign

The Howard League for Penal Reform is campaigning to reverse a Ministry of Justice ban on family and friends sending books and essentials to prisoners.

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What is justice? Re-imagining penal policy

As part of our What is Justice? symposium, Professor Vanessa Barker talks about her idea of justice. Listen to the interview online.

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Commission on Sex in Prison

The purpose of the Commission is to understand the nature and scale of sex in prisons, investigate the key issues and problems and make recommendations with a view to make prisons safer.

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RESEARCH

The Howard League for Penal Reform has a strong history of working alongside the academic and research communities.

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OUR LEGAL WORK

The Howard League legal team provide free, independent and confidential advice, assistance and representation on a wide range of issues to young people under 21 in custody.

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MEMBERSHIP

The best way to support our work is to become a member! We need our supporters to help us create a mass movement for change.

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