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Howard League Fellows

A fellowship for academics and magistrates

About the Howard League fellows

Are you interested in becoming a Howard League fellow? We welcome nominations from academics and magistrates who have worked to support penal reform and social justice. The criteria for elevation to a Howard League fellow are deliberately broad in order to promote individual initiatives and creative work that embeds justice in the community.

Howard League fellows are invited to attend special events that will offer opportunities to meet informally with senior politicians and academics, as well as attend seminars and events to contribute to current research streams and emerging, innovative ideas. Fellows receive tailored communications and a first look at new publications, as well as access to the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice as part of their membership.

You can find out more about the nomination process at the bottom of this page.

Why a fellowship?

Throughout the Howard League’s 150-year history we have been committed to informed debate and have been highly successful in achieving real and lasting change in the penal system.

A guiding principle of our work has been to develop new ideas and to understand the consequences of changes and innovations. In this time of flux and uncertainty both in communities and the penal system, it has never been more important to generate discussion, ideas and commitment to a humane and effective penal system. Through the fellow’s programme, we hope to test new ideas, generate discussion, and learn from people’s experiences in the criminal justice system.

Fellows Forum

In September 2020, we welcomed a number of our Howard League Fellows to the inaugural Fellows Forum.

Facilitated by Dr Miranda Bevan, participants explored the use of remand for ‘own protection/welfare’, focussing particularly on women (for more information, see the Howard League briefing ‘Reset- Rethinking remand for women’). Participants heard presentations from Dr Miranda Bevan (Howard League), and from Tamara Pattinson (previous Griffins Society Fellow). Discussion centred on three themes: better guidance, improving the flow of information, and ensuring sufficient time for optimal decision-making.

You can listen to a recording of Tamara’s presentation in the audio player below.

We will be holding more Fellows Forum events on different themes in the future

Meet our inaugural fellows

Stephen Adler JP
Professor Thom Brooks, Durham University
Professor Barry Godfrey, Liverpool University
Etiene Coelho Martins, Federal Judiciary of Brazil
John Goodwin JP
Richard Guy OBE JP
Professor Nikki Lacey, London School of Economics
Subash Ludhra JP
Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics
Professor Francis Pakes, Portsmouth University
Malcolm Peckham JP
Professor Arad Reisburg, Brunel University
Anne Reyersbach JP
Professor Roger Smith, Durham University
Professor Richard Sparks, Edinburgh University
Dr Alison Spurgeon-Dickson JP
Dr Alisa Stevens, Cardiff University
John Stroud-Turp JP
Dr Emma Wincup, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Asked why they became a Howard League fellow, some of our inaugural members responded:

‘To try help the Howard League in their endeavours’
(Subash Ludhra JP)

‘…in the hope that my research can contribute to the work of the Howard League, and do something useful. My aim is to analyse historical data and longitudinal research to show policy makers that incarceration has long been socially and financially unaffordable; inefficient as a system; and incapable of bringing about reform and rehabilitation.’
(Professor Barry Godfrey)

‘I have worked with the Howard League on a number of occasions previously and some of their research interests aligned closely with my own, particularly in relation to women and criminal justice and resettlement.’
(Dr Emma Wincup)

‘I’m proud to support the outstanding work of the Howard League for penal reform with social justice. Its work has never been more important or timely.’
(Professor Thom Brooks)

‘As a Howard League Fellow, I aim to support and develop innovative ideas that will reduce crime and promote a fair criminal justice system. I am proud to work alongside brilliant academics and researchers to advance new understandings of the penal system and justice across the globe.’
(Etiene Coelho Martins)

How to become a fellow

Academics and magistrates may apply themselves or be nominated to become a fellow. Whilst the criteria for acceptance is broad, there is an expectation that the applicant should support penal reform and social justice. There is no fixed cost but a minimum donation of £10 a month is suggested.

Nominations should be no more than 200 words long and emailed to Anita Dockley, the Howard League’s research director at The nomination should also include the name, contact details (address and email) and the nominee’s institution/bench. A selection panel will assess all nominations.

Nominations are assessed on a quarterly basis.

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