Highlighting the challenges brought on by and the need to address violent extremism and radicalization in prisons, the United Nations has unveiled a new manual that offers practical advice on managing violent extremist prisoners, disengaging them from violence and facilitating their social reintegration upon release.
The Handbook on the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalization to Violence in Prisons aims to strengthen key components of prison management, including training of prison staff, risk management and rehabilitation efforts.
In addition to loss of life and economic damage, violent extremism – a challenge confronting many countries around the world – can divide communities and give rise to increasingly reactionary and extremist views. On top of these challenges, management of such violent elements who end up in custody of the State is equally important and urgent.
Speaking at the launch, the UN’s Aldo Lale-Demoz drew attention to the need to integrate interventions for violent extremist prisoners in broader prison reform efforts.
“Overcrowding, poor prison conditions and infrastructure, insufficient prison management capacity as well as corruption, for example, are all factors which will poison attempts to effectively prevent and counter violent extremism in prisons,” he said.