The Global Center, in cooperation with the Commonwealth Secretariat Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Unit, facilitated a workshop on CVE in prisons for senior officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service as well as prison officials from other member states of the Caribbean Commonwealth.

With opening remarks by Hon. Stuart Young of the Minister of National Security and (Ag.) Mr. Dane Clarke, Commissioner of Prisons, the workshop examined strategic approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism in prisons and facilitated a discussion on how this applies to various prison domains, including regime, security and intelligence, risk and need assessment, interventions, and reintegration. Senior officials and practitioners discussed good and promising practices in the administration, activities, and routines of a prison that impact violent extremist offender (VEO) management and radicalization to violent extremism; preventing violent extremism and radicalization from undermining prison security, national security, and staff safety; effective and appropriate assessment of VEOs and violent radicalization; implementing planned activities to prevent or reduce radicalization or recruitment to violent extremism; and to prepare VEOs for successful rehabilitation and reintegration into the community after their release.

The workshop is part of the Global Center’s CVE in Prisons Program, which provides training and technical assistance to prison services on preventing and countering violent extremism. This program was established in partnership with the Global Counterterrorism Forum in 2015, with country programs currently being implemented in Indonesia, Kenya, and Morocco, with funding from the governments of Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

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