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Less crime

We ensure that children in trouble with the law are kept safe and not made the adult criminals of tomorrow. Thanks to our work with the police, the number of child arrests fell by 54% between 2010 and 2014.

What we do →

Safer communities

We work to make our communities safer and promote lasting solutions to crime. Our legal work has improved the law and secured support for young people when they are released from custody.

Change is possible →

Fewer people in prison

We campaign to reduce the prison population and to change prisons. From challenging restrictions on prisoners reading books to ground-breaking research on sex behind bars, the Howard League is the leading voice on what should happen inside prisons.

Why the system is broken →
85,422 people in prisons

This week there are 85,422 people in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.

View Prison Watch →

Latest posts from Frances Crook

Read more about some of our current work

  • Our 150th birthday

    Find out how you can help us celebrate the milestone.

  • Dover Magistrates Court

    Criminal courts charge

    Read about our successful campaign against the criminal courts charge.

  • Community Awards 2016

    Find out how to nominate for our Community Awards celebrating best practice in diversionary work

  • The cost of prison suicide

    This first in a series of briefings considers the financial impact of self-inflicted deaths behind bars.

  • The Howard League’s free advice line is the only confidential legal service available to children and young adults for help about their incarceration.

    Legal advice

    Our lawyers provide expert legal advice to anyone aged under 21 in prison.

  • Punishment in Prison

    This report explores how prison disciplinary hearings are leading to thousands of additional days of imprisonment.