Prisoner Radicalization and Terrorism Detention Policy: Institutionalized Fear or Evidence-Based Policy Making?

Published date01 June 2019
Date01 June 2019
AuthorNicholas Addis
Subject MatterBook reviews
control. Second, there might have been more acknowledgement of the earlier
reimaginings of people like Jenny Roberts, Mark Drakeford and Bill Jordan and the
beyond offending behaviour thinking of numerous others both within and close to
the probation service. Third, the need for a revival of vocationally driven, altruistic
public service might have been made more explicit than implicit, although it must be
said that the authors do explicitly express their lack of fear of the label ‘utopianis’.
Finally, a lesser quibble about references being placed at the end of each chapter,
giving the impression of an edited volume rather than one based on integrated
At the risk of exhausting the journey metaphor (deployed extensively and effec-
tively in the book), I would say that this a demanding but nevertheless rewarding
intellectual trek over challenging and rugged terrain. It is an authoritative, lucidly
expressed book that is a worthwhile and illuminating read for those seriously
interested in the future of humanistic, evidence-informed endeavour within the
probation service but an essential read for Cycloptic politicians from across the
political spectrum.
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Prisoner Radicalization and Terrorism Detention Policy:
Institutionalized Fear or Evidence-Based Policy Making?
Tinka M. Veldhuis
Routledge; 2018; pp. 156; £37.99; pbk
ISBN: 978-1138499447
Reviewed by: Nicholas Addis, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam
In recent years, there has been a substantial rise in the number of arrests and
detention of terror-related suspects. This has left policy-makers and practitioners
questioning ‘where and how should these inmates be detained’ (p. 1) to prevent
both further radicalisation and the risk of prisons becoming hot beds for the growth
of extremist ideologies. This forms the crux of this book, in which Tinka Veldhuis
provides a detailed and critical analysis of prisoner radicalisation and terrorism
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