Rate of religious extremism in U.S. prisons, by religious group 2011

This statistic shows U.S. prison chaplains responses to a question of how often cases of religious extremism in U.S. prisons were evident amongst different religious groups in the prisons where they worked as of 2011. 39 percent of chaplains surveyed said that cases of religious extremism were either very or somewhat common amongst inmates who followed Pagan/earth based religions.

U.S. prison chaplains assessment of the rate of religious extremism amongst inmates in U.S. prisons as of 2011, by religious group

Very/somewhat commonNot too/not at all common
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Release date

March 2012


United States

Survey time period

September 21, 2011 to December 23, 2011

Number of respondents

730 respondents

Age group

8-19 years

Special properties

Prison chaplains

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

Original question: In your experience, how common, if at all, is religious extremism among each of the following groups of inmates in the prison(s) where you work?
*Includes all followers of the nation of Islam and the Moorish Science Temple of America.
**The survey question listed these examples: Baha'is, Rastafarians, practitioners of Santeria, Sikhs and others.

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