Radicalisation and de-radicalisation in prison – what should we do with violent extremist offenders?

Shane Bryans25th June 2014


Dr. Odiah Edozie Felix, 17th Nov 2015 at 11:37

A very welcome article by Shane Bryans. In the contextual sense of the article itself it is understood that the prisons can make or mar a de-radicalization process. I have read a lot of publication by RAND organization where different models of DERAD programs were explained. Though there is no conclusive indicators that seem to measure de-radicalization success.There were hypothesis that were suggested in the measurement of behavioral change such as disengagement from violent behaviors even though it is believed that one can lay down arms in his home country and pick up arms in overseas country thus casting doubt on the success of the DERAD program. My question is with the sophistication of western intelligence how do you measure de-radicalization success in an emerging democracy in a country like Nigeria where I live and work as a Program Manager of a DERAD program. Secondly, it is with great shock that I received the news concerning the Paris massacre. How can the EU wake up one day and open its gate to refugees without using the joint task group to screen the so called refugees and assess their risk level of engagement in terrorist acts. I just cant believe that such a grievous mistake will come from EU. It is quite unfortunate and a bitter lesson for EU and the rest of the world to learn from.

Zafar Ullah Khan Programme manager for prisons Dost KP Pakistan, 13th Dec 2016 at 07:14

There is dire need to focus on de- radicalization in prisons all over the world, but in Pakistan it should be in Prisons as well in community .The religious clerks can play vital role in this regard.

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