Deradicalisation or disengagement? That is the question

Against the background of the recent attacks in Europe and elsewhere, knowledge production in the area of radicalisation has intensified in the last 20 years. This movement was enhanced by the setting up of dedicated institutes or centers for studying terrorism or radicalisation(see for instance International Centre for Counter Terrorism – The Hague or International Institute for Counter-Terrorism – Herzlyia etc.). Based on the literature and best practices developed across the globe, different national and transnational bodies have advanced some guidelines on how to prevent or fight terrorism. Moreover, some guidelines addressed the issue of how to use prisons and probation services to support deradicalisation and disengagement from the terrorist actions.


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The impact of terrorist attacks on the Flemish Probation Service

What impact did the terrorist attacks have on your organisation?
"One of our core tasks is victim support. Due to the large amount of victims after the terrorist attacks, including a lot of foreign nationalities, it was an intensive process trying to contact and find all victims. Our victim support units organised meetings with the Victim Identification Services and forensic scientists. They helped organising claims for civil damage and restitution of belongings and they organised collective information sessions.
Another important impact was caused by the number of political initiatives in response to the terrorist attacks all over Europe.  For example, the extension of the definition of terrorist crimes in the penal code. More people were arrested for terrorist crimes, which led to a rise of terrorist crimes in the case files of our probation services."

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Resocialisation of extremist offenders: Long-term approaches of the Violence Prevention Network

Hate crimes perpetrated by juveniles and adults motivated by ideological, racial or religious intolerance are not an odd occurrence. In 2016, security services estimated staggering numbers of extremists prepared to use violence as a means across different phenomena: 12100 violent right-wing extremists and 434 violent Islamist extremist. The total of Salafi scene members is estimated to be around 11000.

An article by Ariane Wolf. She is responsible for International Affairs and Transnational Cooperations for the German NGO Violence Prevention Network (VPN). Starting in 2001, VPN was one of the first organisations in Europe that offers programmes dealing with deradicalisation and exit work, intervention and prevention both within and outside the prison context.

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Treatment of Violent Extremist Offenders in Sweden: the Entré programme

Violent extremist offenders (VEOs) is a group of offenders that constitutes a special challenge for correctional services. The demands for security, whilst in prison, ask for special arrangements, but safety and security whilst in probation after release also call for effective interventions to reduce the risk of new crimes motivated by radicalised views and activities. This article is a presentation of a new Swedish effort to include systematic treatment for the transition of VEOs from prison to community.


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