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The Radicalisation of Prison Inmates: A Review of the Literature on Recruitment, Religion and Prisoner Vulnerability

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  • Elizabeth Mulcahy

    (Monash University
    University of Queensland
    Queensland University of Technology)

  • Shannon Merrington

    (Monash University
    University of Queensland
    Queensland University of Technology)

  • Peter James Bell

    (Monash University
    University of Queensland
    Queensland University of Technology)

Abstract

It should come as no surprise that prisons can become breeding grounds for radicalisation and terrorism as prisons serve as reservoirs for society’s most dangerous individuals (Useem & Clayton, 2009). Prisons are places of vulnerability and they provide a space where radical and extremist ideologies can flourish. Despite being a popular topic among researchers and policymakers, there still remain significant gaps in our understanding and many unanswered questions. This paper provides a literature review on prisoner radicalisation. It specifically explores the role religion plays in prison and its link to radicalisation, prisoner vulnerability to radicalisation, the radicalisation process, and outlines the current debate as to where terrorist prisoners should be held. This paper concludes by identifying the major gaps in the literature and offering concluding remarks.

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  • Elizabeth Mulcahy & Shannon Merrington & Peter James Bell, 2013. "The Radicalisation of Prison Inmates: A Review of the Literature on Recruitment, Religion and Prisoner Vulnerability," Journal of Human Security, Librello publishing house, vol. 9(1), pages 4-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:lib:00johs:v:9:y:2013:i:1:p:4-14
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    Keywords

    radicalisation; terrorism; prisons;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
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    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
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    • J8 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards
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