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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.

Alex Marshall, Chief Executive of the College of Policing speaking at a Howard League conference

Case study

Books for Prisoners

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

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.

Learn more about what the campaign was about, how the Howard League ran the campaign and what happened to secure the campaign's success.
Four Metropolitan Police officers stand on duty in Central London.

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.

Find out more about our current campaigns →

Community Awards 2015: Community Champions Peter Atherton and Matthew Kidd

The Howard League presents awards annually to the most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime.

Find out more about our Community Awards →

Reports and research

  • Faint hope cover image

    Faint Hope

    Our report on what to do about prisoners serving long sentences.

  • Cost of prison suicide report cover - image of an inside of a prison cell

    The cost of prison suicide

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

  • Punishment in Prison report cover

    Punishment in Prison

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

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