Martin Partington: Spotlight on the Justice System

Keeping the English Legal System under review

The work of the Howard League for Penal Reform: Podcast with Frances Crook

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The Howard League for Prison Reform, established in the mid 19th century, is a national charity ‘working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. Too much money is spent on a penal system which doesn’t work, doesn’t make our communities safer and fails to reduce offending’.

In this podcast I talk to Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the League. She speaks about the work of the League, noting some of the successful impacts it has made in recent years. She talks about penal policy in the UK arguing that it operates in a more ‘punitive’ way than other European countries (including former Easter-bloc). She makes a passionate defence of the current probation service and deplores the current Government’s approach to reform of the service. Finally she calls on those setting out on their legal studies to understand the importance of social justice as an aspect of being a professional lawyer.

You can listen to Frances at

To read about the work of the Howard League go to


Written by lwtmp

October 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Posted in Chapter 5, Podcasts

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