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Date: 18:00-19:00, Tuesday 20th March 2018
Location: Committee Room 4, House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW
Dr Julia Rushchenko
Research Fellow at the Centre for the Response to Radicalisation and Terrorism
The Henry Jackson Society
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The concern about prisons turning into “hotbeds of extremism” is currently one of the most pressing security issues that requires an immediate response from policy-makers. While both prison and probation are supposed to be strong partners in de-radicalisation and resettlement, instead of promoting disengagement from violence, these systems frequently facilitate the spread of radical ideology by providing inmates a platform to forge alliances, exchange experience and recruit new followers. In the Middle East, prisons have historically helped galvanising Islamist movements, as evidenced by Camp Bucca’s example in Iraq and its role in the formation of ISIS.
British prisons have a long history of coping with terrorists and political extremists. Following the review led by Ian Acheson in 2016, the government has recently announced its plans to crack down on the spread of Islamist ideology in prisons by creating three “separation centres” which are expected to hold the most subversive and actively proselytising prisoners.
By kind invitation of The Rt Hon. David Hanson MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Julia Rushchenko who will evaluate the effectiveness of separation in relation to terrorism-related offenders. This discussion will examine strategies for dealing with Islamism in prisons worldwide focusing on “best practices” and will assess the UK experiment from the point of view of its potential to tackle the spread of radicalisation in prisons.
Dr Julia Rushchenko is an Associate Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society. She is also a Lecturer in Policing and Criminal Investigations at the University of West London, where she teaches modules on Terrorism and Organised Crime. Julia is a recipient of the prestigious scholarships issued by the European Commission, the US Department of State and the British Council. Previously, Dr Rushchenko held research positions at the University of Kent and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Julia has an extensive experience of working with the think tanks, private companies and the United Nations in Europe and North America. She holds a PhD in Global Criminology from Utrecht University and Hamburg University.