Re-Offending by released Terrorist Prisoners: Separating Hype from Reality

Andrew Silke, John F. Morrison

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Overall, the available evidence strongly suggests that re-offending rates for released terrorist prisoners is surprisingly low. In most countries, terrorist re-offending rates are much lower than the levels typically seen with ordinary, non-terrorist prisoners. This trend applies both in the context of releases where the related conflict is still ongoing, and where the conflict has ended or
entered a significant peace process. It is important to acknowledge, however, that some reoffending does occur, though the level of re-offending is typically much lower than we would normally expect with most released prisoners. Monitoring and management
systems should be in place for released prisoners. For those looking for inspiration, the MAPPA system developed in the UK represents one good model to examine which offers some innovative features.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Center for Counter-Terrorism: Policy Briefs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2020


  • Terrorism
  • Recidivism
  • re-offending
  • risk assessment
  • risk management
  • terrorist prisoners
  • prison
  • rehabilitation

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