The Howard League for Penal Reform is the world’s oldest penal reform charity. They are celebrating our 150th birthday throughout 2016. John Howard, as their namesake, is pivotal to the shape and nature of the charity through the years.
Today, the Howard League for Penal Reform continues to campaign for change in the criminal justice system, acting as an independent voice just like John Howard. This pamphlet by Professor Thomas Vander Beken from Ghent University is based on his research following John Howard’s footsteps travelling to prisons across Europe. This pamphlet is published to correspond with John Howard’s own birthday in September 1726, some 290 years ago. What is salutary for us penal reformers today is how relevant his work and ideas remain.