POSITIVE PRISONER RELATIONSHIPS REQUIRED

Several states are calling on the federal government to create a prison exclusively for convicted of terrorism offences, this to prevent the radicalisation of fellow inmates occurring in existing facilities. An academic thinks this counterproductive:

Dr Clark Jones, an expert in radicalisation from the Australian National University, said the proposal is “a bad idea” which has the potential to “breed terrorism”.

“History has shown us that when you incarcerate offenders particularly terrorist offenders, and I’m talking about the experience the UK had with the IRA, I think it breeds terrorism,” he said.

“It doesn’t change someone’s thinking. It doesn’t create any sorts of positive relationships around inmates.

“I think it tends to exasperate their feeling of isolation and it creates more of a militant facility — a militant wing.”

This makes no sense at all.

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