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News 14 Dec 2016

Cardiff prison: Easy to find drugs, harder to find clean clothes and bedding

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report on Cardiff prison, published today (Tuesday 13 December).

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News 09 Dec 2016


Shannon Trust values the support the Prison Officers Association gives to the Reading Plan and take pride in being able to present the POA-Shannon Trust cup at POA Conference to an exceptional Reading Plan Lead who is also a POA member.

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News 02 Dec 2016

Howard League responds to Onley prison inspection

Onley has become “an unsafe prison”, an inspection report reveals today (Friday, 2 December).

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News 30 Nov 2016

Howard League: NOMS Chief Executive to speak at Howard League Public Meeting

The Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Michael Spurr, will be the guest speaker at a Public Meeting held by the Howard League for Penal Reform tomorrow (Wednesday 30 November).

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News 28 Nov 2016
News 28 Nov 2016

Howard League: 016 becomes worst year ever recorded for suicides in prisons

More than 100 people have lost their lives through suicide in prisons in England and Wales so far this year, an all-time record, it can be revealed today (Monday 28 November) as two charities publish new research on how to make jails safer.

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News 18 Nov 2016

Howard League: Failing prisons resort to draconian punishments as crisis behind bars deepens

More than 215,000 days – or 590 years – of additional imprisonment were imposed on prisoners found to have broken prison rules last year, a report by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveals today (Friday 18 November).

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News 17 Nov 2016

Butler Trust - Beyond the Awards

Whilst the Awarding Panel has been busy over the Summer reviewing the 350+ nominations for the 2016-17 Awards, we’ve been hard at work helping to spread good practice and learning across the sector.

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News 16 Nov 2016

Howard League responds to watchdog’s report on children in custody

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons’ report, Children in Custody 2015-16: an analysis of 12 to 18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experience in secure training centres and young offender institutions, published today (Tuesday 15 November).

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News 10 Nov 2016

Media release: APPG - Ten years after The Corston Report, is this the end of successful women’s centres?

Women’s centres, which provide a range of vital services to help guide women away from crime, are at risk of becoming “a thing of the past” unless immediate action is taken to secure their future, an influential panel of MPs and peers warns today (Tuesday 8 November).

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