HJS REPORT LAUNCH: “PRISON MANAGEMENT OF TERRORISM-RELATED OFFENDERS – IS SEPARATION EFFECTIVE?”

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HJS REPORT LAUNCH: “PRISON MANAGEMENT OF TERRORISM-RELATED OFFENDERS – IS SEPARATION EFFECTIVE?”

20 March @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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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 deradicalisation 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.

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EVENT SUMMARY

By kind invitation of the Rt Hon. David Hanson MP, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to launch our latest report, Prison Management of Terrorism-Related Offenders: Is Separation Effective?, in Parliament. 

Dr Julia Rushchenko opened with her central argument that prisons are “academies of terror”, and that inmates being radicalized in them is one of the most pressing security concerns in the U.K. and Europe. The report highlights that prison and probation are supposed to be partners in de-radicalizing offenders, but instead they become networks to exchange experience and techniques. A prime example of this is Camp Bucca in Iraq which brought radicalized Islamists to former Iraqi military officers.

Dr. Rushchenko outlined a number of pull and push factors that could turn inmates to radicalized ideology. Push factors such as overcrowding and poor prison infrastructure, and pull factors like desires to belong and the need for protection. Furthermore, the increasing trend of shorter sentences is not producing effective results, and at times even creates grievances towards the justice system that radical preachers can seize on to persuading potential recruits.

The Chairman agreed with Dr. Rushchenko that what to do with these offenders is a difficult problem, as their identity is under threat in a prison environment (uniforms, serial numbers), they could be more likely to lean towards manipulative terrorist inmates or charismatic radical preachers. The picture is complicated further as some inmates that could be radicalized are imprisoned for other offences, like domestic violence or theft.

The report argues that separation centers, or ‘terrorist wings’ in prisons are the best way to house the most subversive and actively proselytising inmates. Although separation wings didn’t work so well with the I.R.A., Islamists have different goals and ideology, which mean that separation wings could be suitable when risk assessments are carried out. The risk assessments should take gender and age into account, and the psychological profile, so the prison service and the Home Office know that separation is the best policy.

With this profile information a de-radicalization programme and strategy can be tailored to an individual prisoner. This, Dr. Rushchenko argues, is the most effective way of limiting the risk of Islamist terrorism in prisons.

 

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Date:
20 March
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Committee Room 4, House of Lords
Westminster
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom
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SPEAKER
Dr Julia Rushchenko, Associate Research Fellow, The Henry Jackson Society

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