Person Male Born 2/9/1726 Died 20/1/1790
Prison reformer. Born Hackney. Travelled throughout the UK and then further afield investigating the state of welfare in prisons and doing what he could to improve it. Died in Kherson in the Ukraine of ‘gaol fever', a form of typhus. A monument was erected there to mark his life and achievements, and was renovated in 1990 to commemorate the bi-centenary of his death.
The Howard League for Penal Reform, the oldest penal reform organisation in the world, founded in 1866, was named for him.