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|Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:07 pm Post subject: Hoaward League Bulletin Feb 16
Vital work to prevent suicides
No one should be so desperate whilst they are in the care of the state that they take their own life.
That is why the Howard League has teamed up with another charity, Centre for Mental Health, on a joint programme on preventing people from dying by suicide in prison. This vital work is supported by the Monument Trust.
The need could not be greater. Figures published last week reveal that 89 people took their own lives in prison last year – one every four days.
The figures, published by the Ministry of Justice, show that a further eight prisoners were killed in apparent homicides during 2015 –the highest number in a single year since current recording practices began in 1978.
In total, 257 people died in prisons in England and Wales last year.
These harrowing statistics come at a time when prisons have struggled to cope with growing numbers of prisoners, chronic overcrowding and deep staff cuts.
Frances Crook, our Chief Executive, said: “The numbers hide the true extent of misery for prisoners and families – and for staff, who have been given the impossible task of keeping people safe in overcrowded prisons starved of resources.
“The question now for the Ministry of Justice is: what to do? This level of deaths, violence and anguish in prisons cannot continue to rise in a civilised society.
“We cannot go on cramming more people into jails without any thought for the consequences.”
The parlous state of prisons has been the subject of two parliamentary debates in recent weeks – one in the House of Lords and one in the House of Commons.
Now we need change.
What if police bail was abolished?
Did you know that people can spend months or even years on police bail, sometimes on the basis of little or no credible information?
In a pamphlet written for us, Professor Ed Cape, Professor of Criminal Law and Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol, has called for police bail powers to be radically overhauled.
His proposals are outlined in What if police bail was abolished?, the latest in a series of pamphlets published by the Mannheim Centre at the London School of Economics and ourselves with the aim of challenging conventional thinking on penal and criminal justice issues.
The pamphlet has been published as MPs and peers prepare to consider new legislation, which the government claims would put a stop to people remaining on bail for months or even years with no independent oversight of the police’s investigation.
Find out more about the What if? pamphlet series here.
Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the penal landscape
16–18 March 2016, Keble College, Oxford
Our three-day international conference at the University of Oxford is only a few weeks away, but there is still time for you to book your place.
Panel sessions confirmed so far feature experts from… *deep breath*… the UK, Ireland, Canada, Hungary, Philippines, Croatia, Brazil, US, Bangladesh, India, Australia, Turkey, Pakistan, Poland, Netherlands, South Africa, Israel, Slovenia, Belgium and Morocco!
Western societies are grappling with how to manage social institutions at a time of austerity. The same countries are experiencing falling crime whilst supporting policies of penal expansion.
Join international experts as they debate the possibilities of creating social and penal institutions that can make a safer and more cohesive society.
Find out who is speaking and book your place
Donate your birthday!
We are 150 years old and we would like you to join us in our birthday celebrations.
We have achieved major change on the road to creating a justice system based on redemption not revenge. With your support we can continue to achieve real and lasting change for the next 150 years.
Celebrities including actor Emily Mortimer, historian Bettany Hughes and journalist Donal MacIntyre have agreed to ‘donate their birthdays’ to the Howard League, asking friends to make donations to the charity instead of giving presents.
Will you help us celebrate our birthday by donating yours? Even if you don’t normally celebrate your birthday with gifts, will you take part in this once-in-a-lifetime occasion to celebrate the landmark birthday of a charity close to your heart?
Find out more
Run for us!
Do you have what it takes to run a half-marathon to help raise thousands of pounds for the Howard League?
To mark our 150th birthday this year, we are giving supporters the opportunity to run for us in challenge events. We still have places available in the Great North Run and the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon.
To apply for a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give your name, address, and contact number.
One Howard League member, Magdalena, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon this April. You can sponsor Magdalena, and find out more about her challenge, by visiting her fundraising page.
Sign up to receive our legal e-bulletin and hear how we are helping children in prison. The next bulletin will be sent out on Friday 12th February.
The Howard League has more members than ever before. Could you help us to campaign for a fairer justice system?