The Story of Nepacs

Story_of_Nepacs‘The Story of Nepacs 1882-2007’ by Ruth Cranfield is a 110-page, illustrated book by one of Nepacs longest standing trustees.

It tells the story of Nepacs from its beginning as the Durham Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society, which provided, at the salary of £30 per month, an agent to advise and maintain contact with prisoners at their discharge, and a minimal provision of decent lodgings for female prisoners on release.

Ruth shows how the activities of the Society have been a mirror to attitudes towards criminal justice in the wider community. The almost unbridgeable chasm between the recipients and the providers of assistance of the nineteenth century is what is at the forefront of our beliefs.

It’s a fascinating read for anyone with an interest in social or local history, or eager to see how Nepacs has evolved into its present form.

The book is available at £6, p&p included, discount price for members £4, from Donna Davidson at Nepacs Head Office. Cheques to be made payable to Nepacs. Download the order form here.