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The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest charity of it's kind in the UK.


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The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It was established in 1866 and is named after John Howard, one of the first prison reformers. The Howard League for Penal Reform is entirely independent of government and is funded by voluntary donations and membership subscriptions.

  • The Howard League for Penal Reform wants a safer society where fewer people are victims of crime

  • The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that offenders must make amends for what they have done and change their lives

  • The Howard League for Penal Reform believes that community sentences make a person take responsibility and live a law-abiding life in the community

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HOWARD LEAGUE STUDENTS - Winner of Most Improved Society 2011/2012

The Howard League has student groups in over 25 universities in England and Wales; campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of penal reform issues and the work we do. We support our students with free materials, training and opportunities for volunteering and internships.

If you want to make a difference on the crucial issue of justice, make sure rights are upheld in prison, learn more about penal reform and help raise public awareness, as well as gaining valuable experience in campaigning, organising events and fundraising, make sure you get involved!

The Howard League for Penal Reform needs you as a member!

For just £3* YOU could benefit from...

  • Joining the oldest and most influential penal reform charity in the world
  • Meeting with likeminded students
  • Invitation to a series of guest lectures including talks by leading Criminologists, Sociologists, Lawyers, Psychologists and Ex-Offenders
  • Resources for your coursework
  • The chance to get your Masters Degree paid for at BCU
  • An opportunity to make a difference, and provide a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves
  • Exciting upcoming Howard League fundraising social events

* At least £1.50 of your membership fee is donated to the Howard League. 

In the future

  • Academic: We are hoping to host many lectures this year from convicted criminologists to organisation working with prisoners families.
  • Exoerience: We will also be inviting ex-prisoners to come in andspeak to our students about the realisities of prisons. Many criminal justice organisations will be invited in to speak to students about their organisations and work that they do relevant to crime and justice.
  • Social / fundraising: Paintballing


Meetings are not regular, however if you have a suggestion, query or any other comment feel free to email the president of the society using the email address further down the page.

The BCU Howard League Committee

Suleman Amad  – President

Ryan Brownett – Vice President

Leanne Griffiths – Secretary

Esther Mashana – Publicity and Relations

 Randle Brooks - Social Events

Jen McGraw - Academic Events

Monika Strzelecka - Treasurer 

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