Title: Integrated community, probation and prison services radicalisation prevention approach
Grant agreement no: 2017-1-FR01-KA204-037446
Duration: 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2020
The issue of violent extremist and radicalisation poses a challenge not only to the states’ security but also to fundamental values that lie at the heart of the European Union: respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Radicalisation in prison and probation environments is a paramount point of concern.
Firstly, people who are sentenced for terrorist acts end up in prison. A part of them will remain hardboiled and are determined to be faithful to their ideology, while others might want to quit their radical activities or want to stop being a member of a radicalised group. A third group consists of prisoners who are at risk of being recruited and get radicalised during imprisonment. Prison and probation services are, therefore, primary agencies in fostering exit strategies that can help radicals disengage and de-radicalise.
The supporting role of the wider community, particularly in the often-difficult transition from prison to release, is vital in this de-radicalisation process. INTEGRA “Integrated community, probation and prison services radicalisation prevention approach” strives to improve the transition process between prison and/or probation systems and the community for those at risk of radicalisation or who have been radicalised. It attempts to achieve this outcome by promoting a holistic radicalisation prevention initiative focusing on skills development of offenders, front line staff and organisations.
“Integrated community, probation and prison services radicalisation prevention approach” (INTEGRA), Grant Agreement no. 2017-1-FR01-KA204-037446, implemented with financial support of the European Commission by the Erasmus + Programme.