Papers by Radical Alternatives to Prison

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Publications, 1972-1987, including Newsletter, 1975-1978, and the Abolitionist, 1979-1987.

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 It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

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.

Appraisal Information

No destruction has taken place.

Custodial History


Further deposits are not expected.