Ryan's accounts derive from his commitment to ensure the existence and contribution RAP made to the formation of a British abolitionist movement is not ignored and forgotten. In keeping with Ryan's sentiment, this chapter will restate the contribution made by RAP in helping galvanise a British abolitionist movement during the 1970s and 1980s. To be clear, the argument made in this chapter as to the pivotal role RAP played in crystallising a British abolitionist movement in the 1970s has less to do with any tangible successes the group had with the campaigns it conducted. Furthermore, academic activists helped RAP to better understand and refine its analysis of the political economy in which prisons form a pivotal element. This chapter points to the significance of RAP in helping to facilitate a British abolitionist movement.
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