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Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, provides informal comments on the issues of the day.
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The new lockdown announcement will bring desolation to prisons
Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, provides informal comments on the issues of the day. Never miss a blog by Frances Crook. Sign up and get an email alert every time a new blog has been published.   Read more
A decade of success that has benefitted hundreds of thousands of children
One of the Howard League successes I am most proud of is the work with police to reduce child arrests. When a decade ago we discovered that police were carrying out a third of a million child arrests a year, it was so shocking that we decided to act.  Read more
Prison for their ‘own protection’ has no place in a modern justice system
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System, supported by the Howard League, is calling on the government to abolish an outdated law that gives courts the extraordinary power to send people to prison for their ‘own protection’.  Read more
Custody Time Limits
The court system is creaking with delays that have been exacerbated by Covid. I am hearing of cases delayed by months, or even years.  Read more
Strengthening the independent scrutiny bodies
A consultation is closing with Ministry of Justice stakeholders on strengthening the independent scrutiny bodies through legislation. The consultation itself took the form of an online questionnaire, but I thought it would be good to outline the Howard League’s response on my blog.   Read more
Remembering deaths in custody
I have been going through my records of deaths in custody. I have kept a careful record of every single person who has died in prison in England and Wales since 1988.  Read more
Questions from members
Our members and regular supporters are the very beating heart of the charity. We rely on them for information about what’s happening across the country and for their activity in holding local decision makers to account.  Read more
Our legal work with young people in prison – feedback from families
Our legal service works with children and young adults prison, supporting them with a wide spectrum of unmet legal need, from helping them find somewhere safe to live on release to challenging their conditions in prison.   Read more
This is membership week!
The Howard League for Penal Reform was founded a century and a half ago as a membership organisation and since the 1960s when we became a charity we have benefitted from having members.  Read more
The heatwave has been trying for all of us, but it has been unbearable for people in prison
The prison estate went into lockdown more than 140 days ago. For almost all of that time, most people in prison have been confined to their cells for more than 22 hours a day – often longer.  Read more