The Howard Leage for Penal Reform

You know you’re having an effect when the government bans you from visiting privately run prisons for fear of what you’ll say...

Rob Preece, Press Officer for The Howard League for Penal Reform, can to speak to us about the League’s work in March.  Established in 1866 by John Howard, they’ve long been campaigning about prison conditions.  150 years on there’s still much work to be done.  Increasing prison population and reducing staff numbers mean the situation in our prisons today is going backwards.  Prisoners are increasing confined to their cells and rates of self harm and suicide are rising.  But this is not all bleeding-heart liberalism.  Sticking more people in jail and making them suffer more does not make us safer. As Rob showed us, if you want to stop people re-offending there are far better ways, and ways that respect offenders as human beings too.  It was an informative talk, and showed the importance of the League’s work in a political environment that mistakenly sees harsh punishment as the only way to reduce crime.