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National security risk inside the Supermax?

13th October 2016

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Dr Clarke Jones holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, which examined the burring roles of the military and police in response to non-traditional security threats.

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This 7.30 story featuring RegNet visitor, Clarke Jones, follows Junaid Thorne who found himself in Goulbourn Supermax prison after attempting to buy a plane ticket under a false name and being classified an AA extreme high-risk restricted inmate as a result of information gathered over years of ASIO surveillance. Though communication is monitored closely inside the Supermax, Junaid claims inmates were able to communicate with each other and counter-terrorism officials argue that Junaid become more influential during his time in the Supermax.

In his interview, Clarke Jones argues that Junaid himself also would have been adversely affected by his 4 months spent inside the Supermax.

“Placing Junaid Thorne into Supermax, he was an offender that thought he had fairly strong religious credentials.

It certainly had the potential for Junaid to pass on some views that may not be helpful for younger offenders.

But also there wasn’t the potential for Junaid to change in that environment either.

So if he is mixing up with some of the worst of the worst they probably just, they get an opportunity to continue talking with each other,” said Clarke.

Watch the entire story on the ABC website.

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