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 Books for Prisoners campaign saw a major victory when on 5 December 2014 the High Court ruled that the ban on books for prisoners was unlawful.

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What is justice? Re-imagining penal policy

As part of our What is Justice? symposium, Andy Aresti talks about his ideas for justice. Listen to the interview online.

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A guard looking down


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

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A man looking through prison window


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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