Over 50 criminal justice experts and practitioners from Europe and North America participated in an International Conference in Lisbon. The event discussed the progress and results of an initiative focusing on training justice professionals to achieve a comprehensive P/CVE strategy.
The offenders’ journey through the justice system, from accusation to release, is a process involving multiple agencies and information transfer points. When dealing with radicalised or vulnerable to radicalisation individuals, these transitions are even more significant.
The event highlighted the importance of multi-level training and successful risk screening and assessment for effective P/CVE efforts. The consortium shared the project’s main results and invited several key expert speakers to explore fundamental radicalisation prevention and countering topics.
Pedro Liberado, Chief Researcher Officer at IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, briefly explored the project and the Radicalisation Risk Assessment in Prison (RRAP) instrument developed in the R2PRIS project. The battery of instruments consists of three tools, namely the FBOG (Frontline Behavioural Observational Guidelines), the HV (Helicopter View), and the IRS (Individual Risk Screening), aimed at frontline staff, prison administrators and technical staff, respectively.
Through these tools, practitioners can better work to prevent, identify and tackle radicalisation and violent extremism in a multi-level, cross-sectoral and joint effort between different professionals and agencies.
To become proficient in using these tools, tailored and comprehensive training was identified as a pressing need for different professionals within the criminal justice sector.
During the panel with presentations from Álvaro Vicente, researcher and Associate Professor at the Real Instituto Elcano in Spain, Ondřej Kolář, Professor at the Police Academy of Czech Republic, and Pedro Liberado, Chief Researcher Officer at IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, it became apparent how critical informed and grounded risk assessment procedures are. The prison staff training offers in Europe were also explored and discussed.
The training actions demonstrated significant positive results. Knowledge of radicalisation, P/CVE mechanisms, efforts, and risk assessment procedures increased considerably among the trainees, as shown in the data from the professionals’ evaluation.
The expert speakers concluded that increased cooperation promotes a smoother transition from prison to the community, easing resettlement and reintegration processes hence promoting the prison-exit continuum.
The R4JUST project will continue delivering the planned training courses and working to establish its achievements as a solid foundation to prevent and reduce the risk of radicalisation and violent extremism across justice systems.
Know more about this project
R4JUST is led by BSAFE Lab – Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Laboratory of Beira Interior University (Portugal), and partnered by IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (Portugal), Directorate-General for Reintegration and Prison Services (DGRSP/Portugal), College of Public Administration Bremen (Germany), Bremen Senate of Justice and Constitution (Germany), Agenfor International (Italy), the West University of Timisoara (Romania), Bucharest Jilava Penitentiary (Romania) and the ICPA Stichting Foundation office in Europe (The Netherlands). The project is funded by the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.
For more information about the R4JUST project, please visit: www.r4just.org
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