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Definition of the Howard League for Penal Reform from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Howard League for Penal Reform

 
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a British organization that since 1866 has worked to improve conditions in prisons, and to help people who are in prison or leaving it. It is named after John Howard (1726-90), a rich Englishman who visited prisons and worked to make the public aware of the terrible conditions in them, until the government was forced to pass laws to improve these.