Reintegrating Violent Extremist Offenders: Policy Questions and Lessons Learned

26 Oct 2015

In this article published in the framework of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Tinka Veldhuis discusses rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for violent extremist offenders in prisons. Veldhuis argues that the presence of violent extremist offenders in prison can be a source of concern for prison authorities and policy officials. Not only is there fear of the spread of extremist ideologies among the inmate population, but also there is the worry that radicalised detainees will engage in extremist activities after being released. This paper highlights a number of issues and questions that policymakers will likely face when developing rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for violent extremist offenders, and explores how these issues have been addressed in European countries.

Read the full article here.