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We receive over 100 calls per week from children and young people in prison who need our help. Our successful legal work has transformed law, policy and practice, but it could not carry on without the generous support of our members. Please add your voice.

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Less crime

We work to make our communities safer and promote lasting solutions to crime. Our legal work has improved the law and secured support for young people when they are released from custody.

What we do →

Safer communities

We ensure that children in trouble with the law are kept safe and not made the adult criminals of tomorrow. Thanks to our work with the police, the number of child arrests fell by 64% between 2010 and 2016.

What we have achieved →

Fewer people in prison

We campaign to reduce the prison population and to change prisons. From challenging restrictions on prisoners reading books to ground-breaking research on sex behind bars, the Howard League is the leading voice on what should happen inside prisons.

Why the system is broken →
85,948 people in prisons

This week there are 85,948 people in prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.

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