Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons: A review of key recent research and critical research gaps

Andrew Silke, Tinka Veldhuis

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Over the past decade, government policy has repeatedly identified prisons as particularly important environments in terms of both the risks of radicalisation and of opportunities for de-radicalisation. This paper provides an overview of some of the most important research findings that have emerged on prison and violent extremism in recent years. Drawing on this research, the paper synthesises and assesses the dominating themes and views in the literature The paper also identifies a number of significant knowledge gaps that deserve further scholarly attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-11
Number of pages10
JournalPerspectives on Terrorism
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • prison
  • prisoners
  • radicalisation
  • deradicalisation
  • disengagement
  • terrorism
  • violent extremism

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