Role of Probation and Parole Officers in Rehabilitating and Reintegrating RFTFs: Workshop for Prison Officials from MENA Region

Starting Date2017-10-03 Ending Date2017-11-05 Turin, Italy

IIJ Introduces the Role of Probation and Parole Officers in Rehabilitating and Reintegrating RFTFs to prison officials from MENA region:  On October 3 and 4, 2017, in collaboration with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and with support from the US, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), sponsored a 2-day workshop at UNICRI’s campus in Turin, Italy, for prison officials from Cameroon, Chad, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.  The workshop, part of a key RFTF IIJ initiative, highlighted the critical role probation and parole serves in achieving sustainable rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorist offenders.  During the workshop, a Probation and Pretrial Services Officer from the US explained that information from prison is valuable to a probation officer’s ability to assess, manage, and reintegrate offenders convicted of terrorism offenses.  While few participant countries have probation/parole services, several participants presented on their country’s efforts to rehabilitate incarcerated terrorism offenders. Representatives from UNICRI and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) emphasized that probation services contribute to a multi-disciplinary effort – including civil society, social care, religious authorities – that aims effectively reduce recidivism in the CT context.

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