Key Findings:

  • Prisons should not be seen as separate from the communities from which their inmates are drawn.
  • Islamists can circumvent the Lebanese criminal justice system using wasta, or personal connections.
  • Many prisoners detained for terrorism offences claim to have been the victims of mistreatment and torture.
  • When the authorities have left the prisoners to their own devices, Islamists have filled the vacuum and self-governed in prison.
  • Inmates have a strong feeling of injustice toward the Lebanese authorities, regardless of the level of their offending or status within the Islamist scene.
  • Prison radicalisation is not a foregone conclusion. Even in Roumieh, disengagement is possible.

This briefing note was originally published on the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) website.