New Course Focuses on Rural Jails

Security threat groups pose a tremendous risk to rural and small communities. The United States has over two million inmates, and 93 percent of those incarcerated are in state and local prisons and jails. With 95 percent of those prisoners eventually returning to American communities, threat groups have the motivation, ability, and opportunity to recruit and radicalize members while they are incarcerated. If even a small percentage of the prison population is recruited by threat groups to participate in more radical and violent behavior, communities across the country could be at greater risk for criminal and terrorist activity.

MGT 401 Planning and Intervention for Gangs, Hate, and Terrorist Groups in Rural Jails and Prisons, is available to rural jurisdictions who deal with prison and jail-related issues on a regular basis. The issues surrounding the prison and jail systems are not easily dealt with, but with planning and strategies in place these issues can be minimized.

This 8-hour course is designed to assist those working in the jail and prison system with recognizing and deterring gang, hate, and terrorist groups from recruiting members for radicalization to perpetuate violent activity thus creating an even more volatile and potentially unstable security environment. Special considerations were given to small and rural communities by aligning the goals of the course to the challenges and needs of the rural prison system, whether those needs be financial or organizational. The course includes information on policy and tools for information sharing and suspicious activity reporting, as well as background in threat group identification with an emphasis on distinguishing between legally protected activity and behaviors which may lead to violent and criminal activity within the jail and prison system.

For more information on MGT 401 Planning and Intervention for Gangs, Hate, and Terrorist Groups in Rural Jails and Prisons, see the course detail page. To request this or any RDPC training, call (877) 855-7372 or complete the training request form.