Who we are

The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It was established in 1866 and is named after John Howard, one of the first prison reformers. The Howard League for Penal Reform is entirely independent of government and is funded by voluntary donations.

Our core beliefs

  • The Howard League for Penal Reform works for a safe society where fewer people are victims of crime
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that offenders must make amends for what they have done and change their lives
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that community sentences make a person take responsibility and live a law-abiding life in the community