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SERENY project: Mapping best practices related to youth radicalisation prevention programs in prison and probation

Based on the comparative analysis carried out by the SERENY research team in Albania, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Spain, the paper intends to provide an overview of best practices related to radicalisation prevention programs, focused on young adults’ rights in prison and probation settings.

It is worth mentioning that the development of radicalisation prevention programs in different Countries largely depends on the perceived level of threat terrorist and extremist inmate populations might pose, as well as whether or not the respective country has been affected by terrorism. For example, Slovenia finds itself in an incipient phase of developing approaches for dealing with radicalisation in the context of prison and probation. At the other end of the spectrum, France has been experimenting a number of programs and measures addressing radicalisation in prison and probation settings.

Whether in the context of primary, secondary or tertiary prevention, a number of good practices apply, such as in relation to monitoring and risk assessment. Regarding the latter, most of the countries have introduced one of the available risk assessment tools.

In Slovenia, for example, the EU-funded project “Improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary staff in Slovenia”, implemented together by CoE and Slovenian Prison Administration, is a starting point for the preparation of a tool facilitating the diagnosis and monitoring of the imprisoned person during his or her imprisonment.

Another good practice comes from the European project EUTEx, involving Austria, France and Germany among the others. This project is currently developing a risk assessment tool to be applied in the context of  rehabilitation and reintegration programmes.

This Paper was released by UWK – Universität für Weiterbildung Krems (University for Continuing Education Krems) in the framework of the Sereny project. Authors: Daniela Pisoiu, Manfred Zentner, Federica Zardo

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