The Howard League for Penal Reform is a London-based charity and the oldest of its kind in the UK. Since its foundation in 1866, it has had a significant influence on criminal justice policy. Its members include MPs, QCs, academics and students as well as prisoners. In recent years it has campaigned on children in prison, women prisoners, suicide and self-harm, community sentences, prison education, and young offenders. It is currently campaigning against the 'relentless rise in our prison population'. The charity is named after John Howard, one of the first English prison reformers.