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E-Bulletin - June 2015

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E-bulletin June 2015

We've changed lives for the better

We helped end the injustice of people spending months or even years on police bail without being charged.

We helped ensure that 17-year-olds in police custody are treated as children.

We helped address the scandal of people in mental health crisis being detained in police cells.

The Howard League has campaigned on all three of these issues, and we are pleased to say that the government is taking action.

Last week’s Queen’s Speech included a Policing and Criminal Justice Bill full of interesting proposals.

We broadly welcome the Home Secretary’s plan to curtail the powers of the police to impose unlimited bail on people. Only last year, we campaigned for there to be time restrictions on pre-charge bail.

Similarly, we broadly welcome the government’s move to ensure that 17-year-olds in police custody are treated as children. In 2012, we supported a legal challenge taken by another charity, Just for Kids Law, to change the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) regulations so that 17-year-olds benefit from the protection of an appropriate adult whilst in police custody.

The Bill also includes measures to address the injustice of people with mental health problems being detained in police cells when they should be getting the help and support they need.

The proposals show how strong movements can achieve real and lasting change – and none of this would be possible without the support of our members.

Find out more about the Queen’s Speech and its implications by reading this blog by our Chief Executive, Frances Crook.

Community Awards

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is to present the awards at our Community Conference.

Diane Abbott MP will also speak at the event, which is to be held in London on Tuesday 21 July.

Work in the community can reduce crime by offering effective and targeted interventions which help to keep people out of the criminal justice system.

Our awards celebrate best practice in diversionary work and champion projects which change people for the better, cut crime, reduce reoffending and help turn lives around.

The conference will provide an opportunity to examine where policing, crime and penal policy sit following the general election, and it will explore new challenges to diversion and desistance policy and practice.

Other speakers due to appear at the event include Alex Marshall, Chief Executive of the College of Policing; Canon Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner; Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon; and Professor David Wilson, Birmingham City University.

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What makes you click?

We celebrate our 150th birthday next year and we are planning a host of projects – from international conferences to challenge events – to mark the occasion.

One of the projects is to update our website, which has served us well but is now in need of a redesign.

We want our members and supporters to be involved in our birthday celebrations as much as possible, so could you help by telling us how the website can be improved?

Please let us know what changes you would like to see by filling in this quick online survey. It will only take a couple of minutes, but it would help us greatly.

Thank you.

Join us

The Howard League has more members than ever before.

Could you help us to campaign for a fairer justice system?
Books For Prisoners

We have been nominated in the 2015 Charity Awards for our successful campaign to overturn restrictions on sending books to prisoners.

Books For Prisoners has been shortlisted in the Advice, Support and Campaigning category. Awards judge Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of Scope, said that it had “every aspect you would want from a campaign”.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday 18 June.

Find out more

What if...?

What if women's imprisonment was abolished?

The next thought-provoking seminar in our What If…? series will be held at the London School of Economics on Tuesday 23 June.

The idea will be propounded by Professor Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology at the University of Glasgow.

Baroness Jean Corston and former MP Sian James are also due to attend.

Book your place

Justice and Penal Reform

We are looking for papers for our major international conference, to be held at Keble College, Oxford, next year.

Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the penal landscape will take place from 16 to 18 March 2016.

Submit your paper

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