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Frances Crook

Chief Executive
The Howard League for Penal Reform (Confirmed)

Appointed in 1986, Frances Crook has been responsible for research programmes and campaigns to raise public concern about suicides in prison, the over-use of custody, poor conditions in prison, young people in trouble, and mothers in prison. She writes articles for the national media and does interviews on radio and television. She was awarded an OBE for services to youth justice in the 2010 New Year Honours List. She was appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics in 2010. She has been appointed an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Criminology at Leicester University in 2014.

  • Adopting a conflict-centred approach to reform the prison environment and the relationship between staff and prisoners
  • Fostering a culture of shared responsibility for safety between staff and prisoners so that everyone has a stake in creating a safe and stable prison
  • HMP Exeter: Exploring the correlation between lower numbers of staff, poor physical conditions and rises in violence
  • Empowering Governors with full budget control and freedom to ensure prisoners receive the very best personalised education and health services
  • Gaining insights into a local government initiative that gives former prisoners every opportunity to re-join the community as productive members and maintain rehabilitation outcomes