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The Howard League publications

No Fixed Abode: The implications for homeless people in the criminal justice system

This research by Vickie Cooper explores the experiences of homeless people in the criminal justice system. The research considers homeless peoples’ experiences of semi-penal accommodation and how this impacts on their propensity to reoffend and potential for being recalled to custody.

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Does familiarity breed contempt? A conceptual and theoretical analysis of 'mate crime'

This publication, written by Gerald Doherty, is based on one of the 2013 winning John Sunley masters dissertations. It explores the phenomenon of 'mate crime', when crimes are committed against disabled people by those they consider to be their friends.

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Intelligent Justice: Balancing the effects of community sentences and custody

This publication, written by Professor Mike Hough, Professor Stephen Farrall and Professor Fergus McNeill, revisits the much argued question about the relative merits of prison and community sentences.

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Not hearing us: An exploration of the experience of deaf prisoners in English and Welsh prisons

This research explores the experiences of profoundly deaf prisoners in England and Wales. It analyses current provisions and uses interviews and case studies to investigate the manner in which provision is delivered to make a set of recommendations for improving the treatment of deaf people in prison.

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Inaugural Research Medal - Collected Papers

To accompany the launch of the Research Medal 2013 the Howard League has published a collection of papers from the inaugural research medal including the overall winner: Professor Shadd Maruna and Dr Anna King Once a Criminal, Always a Criminal: ‘Redeemability’ and the Psychology of Punitive Public Attitudes.

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Embedding Participation: U R Boss 2nd interim evaluation report

The report, prepared by the evaluation team at De Montfort University, plots the early experience of the Howard League for Penal Reform’s efforts to build the concept and practices of participation across the entire organisation.

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No Winners: The reality of short term prison sentences – Summary

A summary of the key findings from the Howard League’s  research into the daily reality of those serving short prison sentences and those working with them.

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Business behind bars: Making real work in prison real

The Howard League has pioneered the concept of real work for prisoners and is the only organisation that has ever run a real business inside prison. The Howard League's implementation plan for real work in prison is based on years of research and the benefit of practical experience.

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Leaving Forces Life: The issue of transition

The second briefing paper of the Howard League inquiry into formed armed service personnel in prison. It explores the issue of military resettlement process which is geared to assist individuals to make a successful transition back onto civilian life. 

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Leave No Veteran Behind: The Inquiry into Former Armed Service Personnel in Prison visits the United States of America

This paper examines the American experience of the issue and its response to it, following a visit to the US by the Howard League for Penal Reform inquiry into former armed service personnel in prison.

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Barbed: what happened next? Follow up story of employees of a prison social enterprise

This report follows up on the story of the world's first social enterprise based inside a prison, analysing what happened to those prisoners who were employed in this pilot of real work in prison. 

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Access to Justice Denied: Young Adults in Prison

This report by the Howard League for Penal Reform for the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) has found that young adults in prison are an abandoned generation and reveals considerable unmet legal need and a lack of awareness of rights.

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