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Irish Security Series #11: Prison Radicalisation - Certainty or Rarity?

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Prison Radicalisation - Certainty or Rarity?

There is a common perception that prisons are ‘schools of crime’ and in the context of extremism, schools of radicalisation. But how true is this assumption, especially given than prison design, culture and management differ so significant across the globe. Can theories of absolute certainty really stand up to scrutiny in this case? While some still argue radicalisation within prisons is a guaranteed consequence of imprisonment, more critical analysts and academics argue that prison radicalisation is more the exception than the rule. Furthermore, they argue that even if individuals are radicalised in prison it is even rarer that they are recruited into a terrorist group. Our panel will discuss this issue from this critical perspective, drawing on first-hand experience interviewing prison inmates.


Speakers include:

Mr Max Murray

After graduating from Queens University Belfast, Mr Murray joined the Northern Ireland Prison Service as a Trainee Assistant Governor in 1978. During his 37 year career Mr. Murray worked in all Northern Ireland establishments in a wide range of roles before becoming Governor. During his early career Mr. Murray spent several tours in Maze Prison working initially with Special Category prisoners and latterly segregated paramilitary prisoners in what has become known as the H-Blocks. Mr. Murray also spent periods with the UK Chief Inspector of Prisons and also worked on secondment to Belmarsh Prison. Prior to retirement Mr. Murray worked in a number of senior Director posts including Director of Offender Services, Director of Operations and Director of Estates. He is currently a consultant for the Council of Europe working on promoting Human Rights and Criminal Justice reform in countries such as Bulgaria, Montenegro, Macedonia, Ukraine and Lebanon.

Professor Andrew Silke - Cranfield University

Prof Silke holds a Chair in Terrorism, Risk and Resilience at Cranfield University. He has a background in forensic psychology and criminology and has worked both in academia and for government. His primary research interests include terrorism, conflict, crime and policing, and he is internationally recognised as a leading expert on terrorism and low intensity conflict. He has a wide range of publications including several books, with his most recent including The Routledge Handbook on Terrorism and Counterterrorism (2018) and Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (2018).

He has worked with a wide variety of government departments and law enforcement and security agencies. In the United Kingdom these include, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, the UK prison service, the London Metropolitan Police as well as several other UK police forces. Overseas he has worked with the United Nations, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Homeland Security, NATO, the European Defence Agency, the European Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He is a member of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE) which works with practitioners to develop state-of-the-art knowledge to prevent and counter radicalisation to violent extremism. He has provided invited briefings on terrorism-related issues to Select Committees of the UK House of Commons and is a member of the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group.

Ms Sheelagh Brady - Senior Analyst SAR Consulty - PhD student at DCU

Sheelagh is co-founder and Senior Analyst of the Irish-based security analysis and research consultancy, SAR Consultancy, Sheelagh has approximately 20 years of experience in policing and security. She began her career An Garda Siochana, where she worked for 14 years. She then moved to the international security arena, holding positions such as, Mission Security Analyst with the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya, Senior Security Information Analyst, with UNDSS in Abuja Nigeria, and Analyst with the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH). Since 2014, she has provided security related research and risk management consultancy services for international organisations and corporations in fields such as Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption. She sits on the ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability and International Crime Council. Sheelagh is also a member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) expert pool. She is a regular media commentator and speaker at international events. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Dublin City University (DCU). She already holds a number of academic qualifications, including a MS in Crime Science, from the Jill Dando Institute at University College London, and an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York.

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