Types of religious extremism seen in U.S. prisons 2011

This statistic shows U.S. prison chaplains responses to a question of how cases of religious extremism in U.S. prisons manifested themselves in the prisons where they worked as of 2011. 41 percent of chaplains surveyed said that they had encountered cases of inmates showing high levels of intolerance of specific racial or social groups.

U.S. prison chaplains assessment of the examples of religious extremism amongst inmates in U.S. prisons in 2011

Share of respondents
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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: What kinds of extreme religious views do you have in mind? Please describe the kinds of extreme religious views that you encounter.
This question was preceded by: When managing religion-related services in the prison(s) where you work, how common is it, if at all, to encounter religious groups that express extreme religious views?

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