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What we have achieved

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.

Community Awards 2014: Hamid, Jess Southgate and Princess Anne

Case study

Our success

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

The Howard League has been campaigning for over 150 years and over the course of our history we have celebrated many achievements that demonstrate change is possible.

Learn more about how the Howard League has secured positive change.
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.

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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.

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Reports and research

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    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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