Prison-based deradicalization

What do we need to determine what works?

Authored by: Jessica Stern , Paige Pascarelli

Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138229969
eBook ISBN: 9781315387420
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Criminologists have long argued that, rather than serving as a place of rehabilitation, prisons are often a space where offenders become more deeply committed to a culture of crime. Just as prison time can lead prisoners to adopt criminal values, a process known as “prisonization,” it can also prompt incarcerated offenders to accept terrorist values, including the belief that violence is a legitimate way to achieve ostensibly political goals (Naderi 2014). 1 A number of governments and private organizations have developed deradicalization and disengagement programs, but there is no agreed-upon definition of success, or a common method of evaluation. 2 This chapter provides an overview of several of these programs and analogous programs for ordinary criminals, and proposes an approach to measuring their impact.

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