1st Edition

Think Like a Terrorist to Combat Terrorism and Radicalization in Prison

    248 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    248 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Think Like a Terrorist to Combat Terrorism and Radicalization in Prison provides guidelines for hardening facilities, training staff, preparing for radicalized-terrorist inmates’ incarceration, and monitoring these inmates after their release. The book combines practitioner experience with scholarly insights to offer practical suggestions bolstered by research. The authors offer suggestions for housing, programming, security, and staff training with the ultimate goal of keeping correctional facilities, staff, and other inmates, safe from radicalization and spreading terrorist doctrines and terrorist acts, which requires examining and potentially changing prison and correctional officer policies and procedures, hiring and training suitable staff, and ensuring technology is available.

    Correctional facilities can curtail the recruitment and radicalization of inmates by developing staff training, de-radicalization programs, management methods, techniques, and practices that address the recruitment issues associated with this threat. The need for understanding, and the role line correctional officers and first-line supervisors play in preventing radicalization, is critical in this process. It is also vital to connect with and maintain communication with appropriate security and intelligence agencies as needed.

    Key Features:

    • Outlines common terrorist and extremist activities in prison using relevant real-world examples

    • Instructs on how to detect and recognize such efforts as recruitment and radicalization and how to curtail and prevent such activity

    • Provides guidance on establishing de-radicalization programs within prison facilities

    • Presents recommendations on collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence to correctional, law-enforcement, and intelligence agencies on potential terrorist activities and recruitment efforts

    1: Extremist-Terrorist Inmates and Others

    2: The Scope of Terrorism 

    3: Characteristics of Radicals 

    4:  Terrorist-Extremists vs. Criminal Inmates

    5: Planning and Implementing Change

    6: People in the Matrix

    7: Places and Technology in the Matrix

    8: Staff Recruitment and Training

    9: Classification, and Other Essentials

    10: Inmate Programs to Limit Radicalization

    11: Islam, Conversions, Chaplains and Imams

    12: Radicalization Recruitment in Facilities

    13: Inmate Vulnerability and Correctional Facility Practices

    14: Future Challenges

    15: Inmate Release and Probation and Parole

    16: The Next Steps

    Appendix 1: The Captured Al-Qaeda Training Manual

    Appendix 2: Radicalization and Intelligence Gathering in Correctional Institutions

    Appendix 3: Religious Issues

    Appendix 4: "Posse Comitatus"


    Bill Sturgeon received his BS in Criminal Justice Administration from Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT and his MA in Criminal Justice Administration from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Bill’s counterterrorism experience dates back to the mid-1980’s. Bill has been researching the impact of terrorist-extremist inmates on correctional management, operations, and training since the first World Trade Center Bombing in 1993.

    Francesca Spina, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Springfield College. She earned a PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a BA in Economics from Trinity College.Dr. Spina’s research interests include corrections, race and justice, and criminal justice policy reform.