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The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat

Mark S. Hamm


The Madrid train bombers, shoe-bomber Richard Reid, al-Qaeda in Iraq, and the 9/11 attacks—all were led by men radicalized behind bars. By their very nature, prisons are intended to induce transformative experiences among inmates, but today's prisons are hotbeds for personal transformation toward terrorist beliefs and actions due to the increasingly chaotic nature of prison life caused by mass incarceration. Written by a former prison guard, this book is able to express the realities of day-to-day prison life and how prisoners socialize, especially the inner-workings and power of prison gangs— ... More

Keywords: prisons, prisoner radicalization, terrorism, mass incarceration, prison gangs, Islam, prison Muslim movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814725443
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814725443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Hamm, author