Tackling the crime-terror nexus inside prisons in England and Wales: strategies, perceptions and recommendations

Research Institution / Organisation

Staffordshire University

Principal Researcher

Hannah Bennett

Level of Research

PhD

Project Start Date

September 2019

Research Context

The purpose of this study is to:

  1. Identify what the current strategies are to tackle the crime-terror relationship inside prisons in England and Wales and to determine whether public servants and prison officers have confidence and trust in these strategies.

  2. Based on the findings of the research, the study will offer recommendations that aim to minimise the relationship inside prisons in England and Wales.

It is evident from previous research (Basra and Neumann, 2016), that prisons offer an environment for networking amongst criminals and terrorists. Some prisoners are forming alliances, learning new tactics and gaining associations that can provide expertise in illegal goods and services. However, less is known about how we can minimise this networking. Hence, this study will propose recommendations on how the crime-terror relationship can be minimised in prisons in England and Wales, whilst critically engaging the CONTEST strategy 4 'P' work strands: Prevent, Prepare, Protect and Pursue.

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.

Firstly, I will conduct a literature review to examine what others have researched and written on this theme. Then, I will use a range of secondary sources to identify what the current strategies are to tackle the crime-terror nexus within prisons in England and Wales. 

In order to test the theory against public servants and prison officer's perceptions, I will be using qualitative interviews to elicit whether the participants have confidence and trust in the current strategies aimed at tackling the crime-terror nexus inside prisons in England and Wales. I will also use these interviews to produce recommendations as to what the participants perceive to be the most appropriate strategies to tackle the crime-terror nexus inside prisons in England and Wales. 

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

September 2022
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