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Informal comment from our Chief Executive, Andrea Coomber KC (Hon.), and other contributors.

  • 28 Feb 2024
    Special investigation into abuse at Medomsley detention centre

    Today the Howard League is sharing a video and open letter from Richard Tucker, who has been appointed by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) as the Senior Investigator for Operation Deerness, an independent special investigation into abuse that took place at Medomsley detention centre.  Read more

  • 12 Jan 2024
    What IMBs tell us about prisons today: New Year update

    The new year is often seen as an opportunity for new beginnings. Many of us will have made resolutions, looking forward to positive change in 2024. And no public service is in more urgent need of positive change than the prison system; Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) reports from the last four months of 2023 show …  Read more

  • 4 Jan 2024
    Helping young adults to understand their legal rights while on remand

    This week, prisons across the country will be receiving a guide published by the Howard League to help young adults understand their legal rights if they are remanded in custody. The colourful 36-page guide, which was developed in workshops with young adults in prison, is aimed at 18- to 25-year-olds, but it may also be …  Read more

  • 21 Dec 2023
    Christmas in prison

    No one knows what it is like to spend the holiday period in prison better than those who have experienced it. We asked three men who have spent Christmas inside to describe what they remember.  Read more

  • 13 Dec 2023
    The 2023 Howard League Lecture, held in memory of Lord Parmoor

    Outgoing Prison Governors’ Association President Andrea Albutt gave this year’s Howard League Lecture, reflecting on government prison policy since 2010 and its impact on those living and working in jails.  Read more

  • 28 Nov 2023
    We will keep fighting for the release of people serving IPP sentences

    Ten years ago, the Howard League published a research briefing which revealed the devastating impact that the sentence of imprisonment for public protection (IPP) was having on people living and working in prison.  Read more

  • 4 Oct 2023
    Renting prison cells overseas

    Broken promises. Embarrassing delays. Spiralling costs. A colossal planning failure that will hold the country back. Most of the headlines from the Conservative party conference have been about HS2, but these stinging criticisms better describe the mess that the government has got itself into with prison overcrowding.  Read more

  • 29 Sep 2023
    Letters from prison: Lifting the lid on a system in crisis

    On 14 September 2023, our Chief Executive, Andrea Coomber KC (Hon.), gave a lecture at the City Law School in London about the letters we receive from our members and people in prison.  Read more

  • 12 Sep 2023
    What IMBs tell us about prisons today: summer update

    For most people, summer offers a chance to wind down. Many of us will have entered September refreshed after spending time on holiday and with family. This is not the case for those in prison.  Read more

  • 7 Aug 2023
    Know your rights: An animation on licence and recall

    We hope the video below will be helpful for anyone wanting to know more about licence and recall. It will be accessible to young people in prisons on their in-cell laptops, and to practitioners and the public, who may be unfamiliar with much of the recall process.   Read more

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