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Child lifers: punishment and hope

  • Date: 26 Nov 2020

  • Location: Online


  • Book your place : Free (donations welcome)

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    Child lifers: punishment and hope

    Online webinar
    Thursday 26 November 2020, 5.30–6.30pm

    A Smarter Approach to Sentencing signals a significant rupture in the well-established welfare approach. Proposals include the introduction of whole life-orders for young adults under 21 years old and inflated minimum terms for 15–17-year-old children. 

    The publication of the White Paper coincides with the launch of the Howard League’s Justice First Fellowship project which seeks to achieve better justice for child lifers. 

    This meeting will discuss the realities of progressing through a life sentence and offer an opportunity to share best practice, reflect on the legal framework and identify ways to respond in law, policy and practice. The panel-led discussion will include the perspective of a mother who is supporting her son and a young adult, now in the community, who the Howard League represented and achieved a reduction in his minimum term.


    • Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC (Chair)
    • Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, Howard League for Penal Reform
    • Marie Franklin, Trainee Solicitor, Howard League for Penal Reform
    • Shauneen Lambe, Founder, Just for Kids Law and Director, Impact Law for Social Justice
    • Sheena Evelyn, a mother
    • ‘Dan’, a young adult

    Please note: This event is free to attend, however, places are limited.

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