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Aaron Rappaport, Tinka Veldhuis & Amos Guiora

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Chapter 15: Homeland Security and the Inmate Population: The Risk and Reality of Islamic Radicalization in Prison

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Homeland Security and the Inmate Population: The Risk and Reality of Islamic Radicalization in Prison
Homeland security and the inmate population: The risk and reality of islamic radicalization in prison
AaronRappaport, TinkaVeldhuis and AmosGuiora

Since 9/11, commentators and policy makers have expressed alarm about an emerging threat within the prison systems of the West—a threat of terrorist attacks carried out by radicalized inmates released into society. Prisons are said to be a “fertile ground for extremists” (Mueller, 2006), to offer a dangerous “intermingling” of terrorist networks and criminals (Cuthbertson, 2004, p. 15), to constitute part of an “international network of subversion, conversion, and recruitment. (Kushner, 2004, p. 41)

These concerns reflect a fear that prison inmates are particularly vulnerable to radicalization, a process through which individuals are exposed ...

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