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We receive more than 100 calls per week from children and young people in prison who need our help. Our successful legal work has transformed law, policy and practice, but it could not carry on without the generous support of our members. Please add your voice.

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Less crime

We analyse the evidence 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.

What we do →

Safer communities

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 68% between 2010 and 2017.

What we have achieved →

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 →
82,661 people in prisons

This week there are 82,661 people in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.

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Find out more about our work

  • Wandsworth prison interior

    Briefings and submissions

    We are often consulted when policy-makers need expert advice. Read our briefings and submissions.

  • Ben Emmerson gives 2018 Howard League Lecture

    Howard League annual lecture

    “In the Shadow of the Noose: Attempts to Undermine the United Kingdom’s Principled Opposition to the Death Penalty.” Watch the recording of the lecture given by Ben Emmerson QC on 15 October 2018.

  • Howard League Community Awards 2018

    Every year, the Howard League presents awards to successful community projects that help turn lives around and reduce crime.

  • City police officers on the beat on Bethnal Green Road, London, England, UK

    Children in residential care

    Children in children's homes are more likely to be criminalised than other children. Our programme looks into the reasons why, and explores how change could be achieved.

  • The Royal Courts of Justice in London

    Legal advice

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

  • Recommendations for the government

    We have identified five broad areas that ministers must address to reduce crime and make communities safer.