US Officials Charged 85 People with ISIS-Related Offenses Since March 2014One Arrest Last Month, According to Updated Tracking from GW's Program on Extremism
Newswise — WASHINGTON (April 1, 2016)—The number of ISIS-related charges issued in the U.S. since March 2014 increased from 84 to 85, according to updated research from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. The research, released Friday, identifies one individual charged in the month of March, down from four arrests in February.
According to the most recent updates, the average age of charged individuals was 26, arrests occurred in 24 states and 38 percent of those charged had converted to Islam. Additionally, 45 percent were accused of traveling or attempting to travel abroad, 32 percent were accused of plotting domestic terror attacks and 54 percent were arrested in an operation involving an informant and/or an undercover agent. The researchers also found that 34 individuals have pleaded or were found guilty in the U.S. legal system.
The research is the latest in a series of monthly updates produced by the Program on Extremism following a first-of-its-kind report that offered the most extensive examination to date of Americans arrested for sympathizing with ISIS. The organization also collected and shared more than 7,000 legal documents related to the arrests.
Multimedia Resources• Click here for an infographic on ISIS recruits in the U.S. legal system.• Click here for an infographic on terrorism legal proceedings and attacks in March. GW Program on Extremism The Program on Extremism at the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security provides analysis on issues related to violent and non-violent extremism. The program spearheads innovative and thoughtful academic inquiry, producing empirical work that strengthens extremism research as a distinct field of study. The program aims to develop pragmatic policy solutions that resonate with policymakers, civic leaders and the general public. To achieve these objectives, the program brings together a unique team of experts from various continents and a range of disciplines, including government officials with experience in public safety and law enforcement, scholars, former extremists and counter-extremism practitioners providing firsthand assistance to families grappling with radicalization.