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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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  • 3 Nov 2017
    With food prices rising, should we prepare for civil dissent?

    We held a lively meeting with trustees to review the charity’s strategy this week. We were looking at the work of the Howard League and how we should focus our (quite meagre) resources in future. One of our trustees raised an alarming prospect that could derail all our, and the government’s, best-laid plans.  Read more

  • 27 Oct 2017
    IPP prisoners are tangled within a Kafka novel

    I visited a local prison a couple of weeks ago, and as I always do, I chatted to people I met along the way. One conversation stuck with me and the man has since written to me to tell me his story.  Read more

  • 25 Oct 2017
    Children in the care system should be cared for and not criminalised

    Last week the Howard League hosted an event for lawyers from different disciplines to come together to think about how to work together creatively to reduce the criminalisation of children in care.  Children are being criminalised at excessively high rates in children's homes compared to other children in the community. There's a complex interplay of factors leading to this situation which is likely to include the child's background and vulnerabilities and, most critically, systemic failings.  Read more

  • 5 Oct 2017
    Our campaigning is making a real difference for children

    Some three years ago the Howard League revealed that some youth offending teams were recommending punitive restrictions on children when they were released from prison, which set them up to fail and put them at risk of being sent back to prison.  Read more

  • 2 Oct 2017
    Conservative Party Conference 2017: Notes from the Howard League fringe event

    The Howard League has hosted fringe meetings at the various political party conferences for many years. This gives a platform to ministers and shadow ministers to talk less formally about their penal policies and gives an opportunity to engage with party activists and community leaders.  Read more

  • 29 Sep 2017
    Books For Prisoners: Erlestoke

    I have been contacted by a mother of a prisoner in Erlestoke. She was told she was not permitted to send her son books. She wanted to give him novels and he had asked for a dictionary.  Read more

  • 22 Sep 2017
    We can reduce reoffending by cutting the prison population

    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

  • 21 Sep 2017
    Ending the injustice of IPPs

    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

  • 14 Sep 2017
    Children and education in prison

    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

  • 31 Aug 2017
    Building massive jails in remote locations is a recipe for disaster

    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

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