Papers by Radical Alternatives to Prison
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Radical Alternatives to Prison (RAP) was set up in 1970 by a group of ex-prisoners and people connected with the prison service. RAP, a pressure and information group, called for the abolition of prison and aimed to research and propose alternatives to prison. It included a number of active local groups. RAP was supported by the charity Christian Action for a number of years from 1971. By 1987 RAP supported an end to prison building, the decriminalisation of certain offences, legislation to cut maximum offences and an end to imprisonment for minor offences.
The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on access to these papers.
The initial deposit of this collection was made by Radical Alternatives to Prison in 1975. Additions to the deposit have been received at regular intervals since.
Other Finding Aids
This archive is uncatalogued. A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.
An authority record exists for Radical Alternatives to Prison (GB 0152 AAR 2088).
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.
No destruction has taken place.
Further deposits are not expected.