Frances Crook

Chief Executive

The Howard League for Penal Reform (Confirmed)

Appointed Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform in 1986, Frances Crook has been responsible for research programmes and campaigns to raise public concern about the penal system. The charity has campaigned to reduce child arrests, reduce the over-use of custody and improve conditions in prison.  Under her direction the number of staff and turnover of the charity have grown twenty-fold.  The charity provides legal advice to children and young adults in custody and has taken a number of successful judicial reviews that have improved the treatment of young people in custody and on release.