Prisons, Courts, and Terrorism

  • John B. Wolf
Part of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety book series (CJPS)


The corrections component of the American criminal justice system has experienced considerable difficulty in its efforts to control terrorist conspiracies spawned among confined offenders who view themselves as “political prisoners” being held for “revolutionary crimes.” Compounding this situation is the composition of the American prison population, whose average age is lower than that of the 1970 population, and the fact that the offenses for which people are incarcerated include more crimes against persons—murder, rape, robbery, assault. An inmate recruited into a terrorist group is likely to be a young man or woman with a previous history of violent crime who utilizes a prison-taught revolutionary ideology as justification for continuing to perpetrate crimes against humanity upon release.


York Time Terrorist Group Prison Official Bank Robbery Prison Authority 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Wolf
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  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeThe City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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