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Smart on Prison Reform and Criminal Justice.

The Howard League has a long history of working for prison reform and criminal justice in Aotearoa. We are lawyers, academics, chaplains, students, prisoners, whanau and, generally, people who care. 

We believe that evidence and research should drive crime and justice policy: not myth, rhetoric or the false hope that punishment alone will change someones behaviour.

The Howard League:

  • Talks with prisoners and their whanau, and speaks on their behalf. 
  • Provides information to prisoners, their whanau, media, politicians and others.
  • Develops research to inform government policy and public debate.
  • Campaigns on issues affecting prisoners, including mental health, prisoners’ rights and the availability of rehabilitation and reintegration programes for prisoners. 

If you believe, as we do, that this is the way to develop a more effective and humane criminal justice system, we hope you’ll join us.

It’s Time To Break The Cycle

Howard League Branches

The Howard League for Penal Reform has three branches:

  • Wellington,
  • Canterbury
  • Otago

Each branch focuses on prisoners and issues in their local area. Collectively the three branches make up the Howard League national coalition.

Wellington

Wellington Branch  –  Te Peka o Whanganui-ā-Tara

What We Do

Promote Evidence-Led Policy: We work with the Department of Corrections and the media for better public debate and policy formation. Evidence-led policy creates a more effective and reliable prison system.

Keeping Government Accountable: We hold our government accountable to best practice on prisoners’ human rights. Rights frame the environment for better rehabilitation, which benefits all of us.

Provide information, support and advocacy to prisoners:  Individual prisoners contact us about a range of issues in prison. We provide advice and information, and advocate on their behalf.

Meetings

Our committee meets monthly, on the third Monday of the month.

Canterbury

Canterbury Branch  –  Te Peka o Waitaha

What We Do

Prison Information Service: The League works with the Community Law Centre inside Christchurch Men’s, Women’s and Rolleston Prisons dealing with problems prisoners face. We remove the roadblocks that stop prisoners from turning their lives around.

Research: The Howard League works toward open and rational debate on crime and justice issues. We research the issues so that you know the facts.

Promote Evidence-Led Policy: We work with the Department of Corrections and the media for better public debate and policy formation. Evidence-led policy creates a more effective and reliable prison system.

Keeping Government Accountable: We hold our government accountable to best practice on prisoners’ human rights. Rights frame the environment for better rehabilitation, which benefits all of us.

Our People

Our branch president is Cos Jeffery. Our committee members are Cos Jeffery, Helen Murphy, Kate Keenan, Courtney Green, Amy Kennerley, Kerryn Beaton, Kristi Thomas, Andrea Herbert, Ally Clover and Ruth Harcourt.

Howard League PO Box 2912 Christchurch 8140

Otago

Otago Branch  –  Te Peka o Ōtepoti

What We Do

Promote Evidence-Led Policy: We work with the Department of Corrections and the media for better public debate and policy formation. Evidence-led policy creates a more effective and reliable prison system.

Keeping Government Accountable: We hold our government accountable to best practice on prisoners’ human rights. Rights frame the environment for better rehabilitation, which benefits all of us.

Meetings:

Our committee meets monthly.

The contact person and President for the Otago branch is Len Anderson.

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