Perceptions of the crime-terror nexus in prison

Research Institution / Organisation

Staffordshire University

Principal Researcher

Hannah Bennett

Level of Research

PhD

Project Start Date

September 2019

Research Context

The study has three research questions which enable exploration of the phenomenon being studied, while maintaining some relationship to the theoretical anchors in the literature. The three research questions which will direct the qualitative research are:

Q1: What crime-terror relationships are occurring inside prisons within England and Wales?

Q2: What are police professionals' perceptions of the strategies designed to tackle crime-terror relationships inside prisons within England and Wales?

Q3: What do the police professionals propose should be done to further tackle crime-terror relationships inside prisons within England and Wales?

Aims and Objectives
The aim of the study is to firstly explore whether and how the crime-terror nexus is happening inside prison, by analysing what prisoner relationships are identified. Then to examine police professionals' and their partner agencies' perceptions of strategies aimed at tackling crime-terror relationships inside prison. In addition, the study aims to offer recommendations on what should be done to further tackle terrorists and criminals from forming dangerous relationships inside prison. This overarching aim will be achieved by meeting the following research objectives:

 

  1. Qualitatively interview individuals from the police and their partner agencies and collect and analyse questionnaire data from prisoners, to identify what crime-terror relationships are occurring inside prisons within England and Wales.

  2. Interview individuals from the police and their partner agencies, to elicit their perceptions of the strategies tackling the threat from crime-terror prisoner relationships within England and Wales.

  3. Analyse what relevant professionals propose should be done to further tackle crime-terror relationships inside prisons within England and Wales, to produce recommendations to disseminate to the relevant key decision makers and business leads.

Research Methodology

The study has three research questions which require me to gain a rich and complex understanding of the participants' experience in order to be answered. Therefore, the study has a constructivist ontological orientation and an interpretivist epistemology position. The methodology for the study will be an abductive approach with an overall qualitative research design.

After engaging in several discussions with more experienced academics, I decided on a methodology that was aligned with the aims and research questions of the study, as well as being more practical, given the time-constraints of undertaking fieldwork and the Covid-19 pandemic. My research design is shaped around a qualitative methodologic approach, by which data will be collected through interviews and questionnaires and analysed to identify key themes. I will also use these interviews to produce recommendations as to how the police and prisons can tackle the crime-terror nexus inside prisons and disseminate these to the relevant key decision makers and business leads.

If you would like to take part in the study or have any questions about the research, please contact Hannah on hannah.bennett@research.staffs.ac.uk

Interim reports and publications

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Date due for completion

December 2022
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