In November 2013, the Ministry of Justice introduced a blanket ban on loved ones sending in books and other essentials, such as underwear, to prisoners. In 2014 the Howard League for Penal Reform ran the Books For Prisoners campaign.
Change is possible
At the Howard League we know change is possible. People can change, institutions can be changed, whole systems can be changed. Here are some examples of how it can be done.
The Howard League has been campaigning to reduce the criminalisation of children by working closely with police forces in England and Wales. We have seen the number of child arrests fall by 59% between 2010 and 2015, which means thousands of children will grow up without being criminalised and having their life chances harmed by involvement with the youth justice system.
The Howard League presents awards annually to the most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime.
Our report on what to do about prisoners serving long sentences.
This first in a series of briefings considers the financial impact of self-inflicted deaths behind bars.
This report explores how prison disciplinary hearings are leading to thousands of additional days of imprisonment.