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1 How. J. 3 (1921-1922)

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THE   HOWARI JOURNAl,.


THE HOWARD LEAGUE FOR PENAL REFORM.

                  FIRST  ANNUAL MEETING.
   The  first Annual Meeting of iemnbers of the combined Society,
the Howard   League for Penal Reform,  was  held at Caxton Hall,
Westminster, on Friday, June 3rd, 1021, at 7-45 p.m., Miss Eaton,
Vice-Chairman of the League, in the Chair.
   The  Hon. Secretary read the Annual Report, as follows
                        ANNUM,  RvnoRr.
   For us the event of the past year has been the Amalgamation of
the two  societies, the Howard Association and the Penal Reform
League, into the Howard  League for Penal Reform, an entity which
makes  its first public appearance to-night. We confidently believe
that, like a fresh star formed by the fusion of two old ones, the new
hady will prove more powerful than either of its constituents.
   Lord Henry  Bentinck has consented to remain as Chairman of the
new  Committee,  and Mr.  Alfred Powell  Buxton, J.P., to act as
Treasurer.  Each Committee  has to record a serious loss during the
past year. In Mrs. Henry Hobhliouse the cause of the prisoner found
an ever eager friend, whilst Mr. Mackenrie was distinguished for his
efforts on behalf of Moroccan prisoners.
   During  the past eighteen months (since the last public meeting
of The Penal Reform League) some hundred  meetings have been held
under the auspices of one or other of the societies, a new branch has
been started at Manchester, and about 16o new members have joined.
   We  took an active part in the agitation in favour of the Juvenile
Courts (Metropolis) Bill, and our societies were quoted hy name by
the Lord Chancellor in his speech for the Bill on August 6th. By
the passing of this Bill, Children's Courts in London are definitely
excluded front the precincts of the Police Court, and the participation
of women magistrates is provided for.
   Our  Secretary gave evidence in July last before the Indian Jails
Committee;  we supported the  National Association for Social and
Moral Hygiene in their protest against certain clauses of the proposed
Criminal Law  Amendment   Bill (afterwards withrown), and the State
Children's Association in their campaign against corporal punishment
in the Institutions of the Metropolitan Asylums Board.
   A number  of questions on penal matters have been asked in Parli-
ment, either at our request, or upon material supplied by us.
   Forty-five visits to Prisons, Borstal . Institutions and Certified
Schools have been paid on behalf of the League.
   We  wish  to express our wann thanks  to our members  for the
steady, and often increased support which they have given us during


October, 1021.


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