A talk by Rob Preece - Campaigns and Communications Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Overcrowded prisons are a menace to society. As we send more and more people to prison, more and more people are swept into deeper currents of violence, drugs, frustration and mental distress. Incidents of assault and self-injury in prisons have risen to record levels. In 2016, prisoners in England and Wales lost their lives through suicide at a rate of one every three days. If we want prisons to be places of genuine reform, where people leave less likely to commit crime, we must ask ourselves hard questions about how and why we use them – and take steps to improve them.
Since joining the Howard League in 2012, Rob has worked on some of the charity’s most successful campaigns. They include the award-winning ‘Books For Prisoners’ campaign, which overturned government restrictions on prisoners receiving books from family and friends. A trained journalist, he lobbies decision-makers and gives media interviews and presentations on behalf of the charity.
The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK.
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