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Our vision

Less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.

Everyone wants the world to be a safer place

Everyone wants there to be less crime. Everyone wants to live in a community where children grow and succeed.

The Howard League pursues these goals by working to change a system that holds the country back. Through research, campaigning and legal work, we find and promote solutions that help people to unlock their potential and prevent them becoming victims of crime.

The prison system is like a river

The wider it gets, the faster it flows – and the harder it becomes to swim against the tide. Rather than being guided to safer shores, those in the middle are swept into deeper currents of crime, violence and despair. What began as a trickle turns into a torrent, with problems in prisons spilling into the towns and cities around them.

It is time for a different approach

Our legal service is a lifeline for children and young adults in prison, but much of the work that we do is focused on keeping people out of the river in the first place. From working with police to reduce arrests of children to championing community projects that cut crime and turn lives around, our resources are committed to doing what works.

It means never giving up on people. It means pushing for change that solves problems instead of creating new ones. It means looking beyond the criminal justice system for answers. It means harnessing the nation’s power to build a brighter future.

It means working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison.

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