Prisons, Terrorism and Extremism
Critical Issues in Management, Radicalisation and Reform
Edited by Andrew Silke
To Be Published December 15th 2013 by Routledge – 272 pages
Series: Political Violence
This volumeprovides an overview of intervention and management strategies for dealing with terrorist and extremist offenders in prisons. It focuses not only on current threats but draws critical lessons from historical case studies, and considers the experience of a wide range of countries and of different political movements.
The management of terrorist and extremist prisoners has long been recognised as a difficult problem in prisons. In most countries, such offenders are relatively rare, but when their numbers increase, these prisoners can undermine the effectiveness and safety of the prison system. Of particular note, at a global level there is an increasing recognition of the problem of militant jihadi extremists in prison and their ability to recruit new members among other prisoners. These are not the only politically motivated offeders in the world's prisons but are generally viewed as the most serious problem and the only one posing a challenge to several Western states. The numbers of such prisoners are low but growing and, as a result, prisons are becoming centres of radicalisation; indeed, in some cases, terrorist plots appear to have been based entirely on networks that were radicalised in prison.
This book takes an holistic and wide-ranging approach to the problems and issues raised by terrorist and extremist offenders in prison settings. Critical issues around management strategies, radicalisation, reform, risk assessment and post-release experiences are all explored in detail. The book has an international focus and looks in detail at both contemporary issues and historical cases. Stand-alone cases in various countries are also included, covering regions such as Northern Ireland, Spain, Singapore, Germany, England, Israel and Sri Lanka.
Written by leading experts in the field, this volume will be of much interest to students of terrorism/counter-terrorism, criminology, security studies and IR in general.
PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. Terrorists, Extremists and Prison: An Introduction to the Critical Issues, Andrew Silke 2. The Implications of Politically Motivated Criminals for the Penal System, Michael von Tangen Page 3. 'To Punish, Deter and Incapacitate: Sentencing in Terrorism Cases', Colin Murray PART II: RADICALISATION, DE-RADICALISATION AND DISENGAGEMENT 4. Case studies in prison radicalisation: Critical Patterns and Lessons from the US, Joshua Sinai 5. Spotting and Countering Prisoner Radicalisation: The US Experience, Liran Goldman 6. How Effective Are Prison Programmes with Terrorists?, Kurt Braddock 7. Time to Think: The Roles of Prisons in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, John Morrison PART III: CRITICAL ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT, RISK ASSESSMENT AND REFORM 8. Managing Terrorist Prisoners: Lessons from Northern Ireland, Jackie Bates-Gaston 9. Interventions with Terrorist and Extremist prisoners in England and Wales, Chris Dean 10. Risk Assessment of Terrorist and Extremist Prisoners, Andrew Silke 11. The Israeli Experience of Terrorist Prisoner Management and Risk Assessment, Sagit Yehoshua PART IV: KEY CASE STUDIES 12. The Management Challenges for Al-Qaeda and Affiliate Prisoners, Larry James 13. England and Wales: The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Response to Terrorist Offenders, Gill Attrill and Richard Pickering 14. Terrorist Prisoners in Sri Lanka, Arie Kruklanski 15. Singapore’s Experience with Terrorist Prisoners, Kumar Ramakrishna 16. Prison, Prisoners and Current Dissident Irish Republican Groups, John Morrison 17. Indonesia’s Experience with Terrorist Prisoners, Sulastri Osman 18. Terrorists and Prison: The Case of the Red Army Faction Prisoners in West Germany, Gisela Diewald-Kerkmann 19. De-radicalisation in Prisons: The Experience of Spain, Manuel R. Torres Soriano
Andrew Silke holds a Chair in Criminology at the University of East London, where he is the Field Leader for Criminology, and the Programme Director for Terrorism Studies. He is author/editor of several books on terrorism, including The Psychology of Counter-Terrorism (Routledge 2010), Research on Terrorism (Routledge 2004), and Terrorists, Victims and Society (2003).