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NCJ Number: 228637 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Islam in the Age of Sacred Terror
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:49  Issue:5  Dated:September 2009  Pages:667-685
Author(s): Mark S. Hamm
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines the impact of the increased Islamic religion among prisoners within correctional institutions throughout the United States.
Abstract: More and more American prisoners are being drawn to religions outside the Judeo-Christian mainstream. Many non-Judeo-Christian religions can be found in United States prisons such as Buddhism; Hinduism; and Islam. However, research indicates that Islam is the fastest growing religion among prisoners in Western nations. The primary motivation for religious conversion is spiritual searching, seeking religious meaning to interpret and resolve discontent. Research also found a fairly consistent pattern of radicalization among young Islamic prisoners in maximum-security custody. According to Federal law enforcement, Saudi-backed Wahhabi clerics have targeted these prisoners for terrorist recruitment. This article examines this recruitment claim from several different perspectives. Figure and references
Main Term(s): Inmate religious affiliation
Index Term(s): Domestic terrorism; Inmate organizations; Inmates; Religion; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist tactics; Threat assessment
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