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Terrorists Behind Bars

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May 2008

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The NEFA Foundation has released a new report by Senior Analyst Josh Lefkowitz titled "Terrorists Behind Bars," which examines the myriad complexities the worldwide prison system must address when managing incarcerated extremists.

While in prison, jihadists have caused officials fits by radicalizing fellow inmates, planning jailbreaks, distributing propaganda to associates, continuing to exercise operational control over their organizations, and plotting attacks. Reflecting these trends, Jordanian researcher Hassan Abu Hanieh has observed, "Things no longer end in prison anymore. In fact, increasingly they begin there." Additionally, the report analyzes campaigns by Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Yemen, and even the U.S. military in Iraq to "reeducate" jailed militants.
[This report provides an overview of the myriad complexities the worldwide prison system must address when managing terrorists behind bars. Among other topics, it examines why some inmates convert to radical Islam, documents efforts by incarcerated terrorists to communicate with associates on the outside and plot attacks, and maps the U.S. and European prison environments. Additionally, the report analyzes campaigns by Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Yemen, and even the
U.S. military in Iraq to “reeducate” incarcerated extremists.]

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The NEFA Foundation is a non-profit organization created after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Foundation strives to help prevent future tragedies in the U.S. and abroad by exposing those responsible for planning, funding, and executing terrorist activities, with a particular emphasis on Islamic militant organizations.
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