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Addressing Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Prison Contexts

ICCT experts will deliver consultancy services on radicalisation and violent extremism in prison contexts across Europe. Under a framework contract arrangement, they will perform services such as: 

  • Preparing legal opinions, expertise, comments, recommendations, reports on legal action, by-laws, institutional internal rules and regulations, white papers and policy and strategy level documents;
  • Conducting needs assessment on specific activities, piloting models of different tools and programmes;
  • Providing technical expertise for development/use of specific tools, instruments and programmes;
  • Providing expertise and written contributions on pilot initiatives;
  • Drafting strategies, action plans, policy documents on specific topics;
  • Drafting training curricula, training modules and training materials, manuals, guidebooks, operational guidelines;
  • Delivering trainings on specific topics and based on developed training materials;
  • Facilitating the development of desired deliverables as related to the above and as requested by the Council of Europe.

About the project

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Through bilateral co-operation activities and projects, the Council of Europe’s Unit for Cooperation in Police and Deprivation of Liberty (CPDL) plays a major role in assisting the beneficiary countries to integrate the Council of Europe standards in their penitentiary, probation and law enforcement institutions. The main objective is to help Member States improve their legislation and practice related to the work of the police as well as the execution of penal sanctions and measures.

ICCT experts are amongst 25 leading scholars selected for their thematic expertise, a history of performance in subject-specific assignments, and a comprehensive understanding of relevant contexts to effectively support the implementation of projects related to “Radicalisation and violent extremism”.

ICCT will provide expertise on topics including: management of offenders, signs of radicalisation, screening, risk and needs assessment (RNA) tools, allocation practices, specific rehabilitation programmes, mental health services, individual intervention plans and pre-release processes, all with regards to violent extremist prisoners/offenders, radicalised inmates and other prisoners/offenders vulnerable to radicalisation. The role of the prison multi-disciplinary teams in their disengagement from violence, involvement of relevant external actors in their rehabilitation (family, religious communities, etc.), establishing mentorship programmes, organising and structuring the post-penal assistance phase in terms of inter-agency coordination and the role of various organisations and institutions in support to the process, info-sharing and data exchange, the role of prison intelligence, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Networking and collaboration platforms, involvement of the civil society and the local community in their reintegration after release, the role of the probation services or corresponding duty bearers in supervising community sanctions and measures and supporting violent extremist prisoners on early or conditional release and other targeted offenders conditionally sanctioned, etc.

ICCT will provide such services until 2029, so will playing a long-term role in the development of Member State standards on issues of radicalisation and violent extremism in prison contexts.

This project is funded by the Council of Europe.