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|Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:59 am Post subject: Howard League E Bulletin
|E-bulletin September 2015
Criminal Charge Campaign
Magistrates and judges must impose a criminal courts charge of up to £1,200 on anyone convicted of an offence – whatever the defendant’s circumstances might be – on top of other levies such as fines and victim surcharges.
We are campaigning for a review of the criminal courts charge and are monitoring cases.
One case involved a judge despairing at having to fine a homeless man £900 for stealing food when he clearly cannot afford to feed himself.
We need your help! Offer your support by tweeting:
I support @TheHowardLeague campaign for an urgent review of the #criminalcharge http://www.howardleague.org/criminalcharge/.
Have you ever been to a magistrate’s court?
If not then go along to your local court, see what’s happening about the charges and tell us about it (briefly!) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our letter to Michael Gove
Our Chief Executive, Frances Crook, has written a letter to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Justice, outlining a radical strategy to keep children out of prison and save the taxpayer millions in the process.
The letter makes 11 recommendations which include calling for the abolition of detention and training orders, reform of youth courts, a new role for the Youth Justice Board and measures to address the disproportionately high number of black and minority ethnic children in custody.
As Frances Crook says, “Although significant challenges arise in times of strained public resources, they also present an opportunity for radical reform."
"All children deserve the possibility of redemption and hope for a positive future. Communities deserve to feel safe. Taxpayers deserve to see their money well spent.”
Liberty Human Rights Award 2015
We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Liberty Human Rights Campaign of the Year Award 2015.
The Howard League has been shortlisted alongside Lord Ramsbotham, the Children's Rights Alliance for England and the Standing Committee for Youth Justice for our role in persuading the Government to abandon plans for a secure college which would have amounted to a titan prison for children.
The award will be announced on Monday 7 September at an event in London hosted by Jo Brand.
The Howard League has more members than ever before.
Could you help us to campaign for a fairer justice system?
AGM and Public Meeting 2015
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at 6pm at the King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN.
This will be followed by a public meeting at 7pm where our guest speaker will be the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Book your place at the AGM
Howard League at the party conferences
The Howard League will be active at the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat conferences.
Come and hear Prisons Minister, Andrew Selous MP, discuss penal reform with our Chief Executive, Frances Crook, at the Conservative Party Conference which is open to the public on Monday 5 October 2015, 7.45–9pm at Manchester Town Hall - Committee Room 3.
Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the penal landscape - call for papers
We are looking for papers for our major international conference, to be held at Keble College, Oxford from 16 to 18 March 2016.
The deadline for papers is 5 October 2015.
Submit your paper
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