R2PRIS Radicalisation prevention in prisons


Radicalisation Prevention in Prisons



This project addresses the phenomena of radicalisation and extremism inside prisons, by enhancing the competences of frontline staff (correctional officers, educational staff and psychologists, social workers) to identify, report and interpret signals of radicalisation and respond appropriately. Bringing together international experts in the field of radicalisation and national prison administrations, it aims to provide an innovative training programme for prison staff on how to recognise and prevent the process of radicalisation.



  • Create awareness on the broad picture of terrorism, the mind set and narratives used by understanding:
    • why prisons are a breeding ground for radicalisation;
    • the difference between conversion, radicalisation and moving to extremist views (terminology);
    • the pathways and levels of radicalisation, role in the network;
    • recruitment tactics employed within the prison environment;
    • indicators on how to identify vulnerable people at risk of radicalisation.
  • Develop the tools and instruments for prison administration and line-level staff to recognize signs of radicalisation at an early stage within their specific facility;
  • Provide common, consistent and effective instruments to help staff report their observations to the appropriate intelligence staff;
  • Provide model procedures for intelligence staff to vet the data they receive from prison staff and to appropriately interpret it;
  • Establish a series of training programmes and tools for all staff within a prison to respond appropriately to potential vulnerable individuals at risk of radicalisation.


Expected outcomes

  • An innovative methodological framework for analysing deradicalisation and prevention of radicalisation strategies within prison;
  • A radicalization screening tool, with respective assessment materials and guidelines for prison administration and line-level staff to recognize signs of radicalisation at an early stage within their specific facility. The tool will be adapted to the specific legal and cultural context of the countries involved in the project;
  • A training course for all staff within a prison on how to detect and respond appropriately to potential vulnerable individuals at risk of radicalisation (an e-learning course and a train the trainer course);
  • Five national seminars with at least 15 national stakeholders/experts and 15 international participants each;
  • An international seminar, with the participation of at least 30 transnational experts/stakeholders and 15 national participants.



BSAFE LAB Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Research and Technology Transfer Laboratory – Beira Interior University, Portugal



IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal

West University of Timisoara, Romania

National Prison Administration, Romania

General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses, Turkey

Belgian Prison Service, Belgium

Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service, Norway

EuroPris – European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services, The Netherlands

ICPA – International Corrections and Prisons Association, The Netherlands




Erasmus+ Programme, KA2 – Strategic Partnerships for Vocational Education and Training



01/09/2015 – 01/09/2018 (36 months)

Competences of frontline staff regarding radicalisation in prisons




Security, Training and development


Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Belgium, Norway, The Netherlands


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