Prison and Violent Political Extremism in the United States

In the current study we consider the link between imprisonment and post-prison participation in violent political extremism. We examine three research questions: (1) whether spending time in prison increases the post-release risk of engaging in violent acts; (2) whether political extremists who were...

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Published in:Journal of quantitative criminology
Main Author: LaFree, Gary (Author)
Other Authors: Porter, Lauren C. (Author); Jiang, Bo
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2020
In:Journal of quantitative criminology
Year: 2020, Volume: 36, Issue: 3, Pages: 473-498
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Summary:In the current study we consider the link between imprisonment and post-prison participation in violent political extremism. We examine three research questions: (1) whether spending time in prison increases the post-release risk of engaging in violent acts; (2) whether political extremists who were radicalized in prison are more likely to commit violent acts than political extremists radicalized elsewhere; and (3) whether individuals who were in prison and radicalized there were more likely to engage in post-prison violent extremism compared to individuals who were in prison and did not radicalize there.
ISSN:1573-7799
DOI:10.1007/s10940-019-09412-1