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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 59% between 2010 and 2015.

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 →
85,898 people in prisons

This week there are 85,898 people in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.

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Find out more about some of our current work

  • Frances Crook, Mark Haddon, Rachel Billington, Sir David Hare and AL Kennedy present a letter at Downing Street

    What you can do

    We need your help to support our campaigns

  • Ministry of Justice

    We welcome appointment of Elizabeth Truss as the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice