Symposium on Efforts to Address Prison Radicalization in the Balkans
On 25 and 26 April, the IIJ’s Correction Program Manager participated in a Symposium organized by the United States entitled ‘Efforts to Address Prison Radicalisation in the Balkans’ in Zagreb, Croatia. The Symposium brought together prison officials from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. During the Symposium, participants discussed the current situation of radicalisation globally, but in particular the Balkans, illustrated with facts, figures and individual stories on radicalised inmates. A number of speakers from the United States, Finland, the Netherlands and International Organizations including the UNODC, UNICRI, GCCS, ICCT and Penal Reform International addressed issues such as best practices on developing and implementing programs specific for this target group, assessment and classification tools as well as management and rehabilitation of violent extremist inmates. The participants stressed in particular the importance of Prison Intelligence. The IIJ will develop this subject further and will host a Workshop on Prison Intelligence in Valletta, Malta on 3-5 July 2017.