Matthew Flinders Fellow Professor Christian Leuprecht, with his Canadian colleague Professor David B. Skillicorn at Queen’s University, recently completed the world’s first big data analytics project on violent extremist offenders in correctional settings for Correctional Services Canada.
The project was prompted by the potential diffusion of radical ideologies inside prisons as a result of the growing number of violent extremist offenders. Using cutting-edge clustering techniques, they explored offender attributes to determine the extent to which violent extremist and mainstream offenders differed, on what pre-custody and in-custody metrics, and whether those attributes lend themselves to predicting other offenders at risk for radicalisation.
Results were published in Global Crime and presented at a symposium on best practices related to strategies for accommodating and managing radicalised offenders, offender assessments, programs and interventions, staff training, and recruitment and susceptibility to radicalisation. The symposium was attended by correctional services from across the democratic world.
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