Across the world, prison services are playing an increasingly pivotal role in preventing and countering the spread of violent extremism and terrorism. As the number of criminal prosecutions and convictions of terrorism offenders increases, including as a result of returning foreign terrorist fighters, prison services operate on the frontlines of the counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) challenge. They carry responsibility for managing the potential risks posed by violent extremist offenders (VEOs) and for preventing the radicalization and recruitment to violent extremism of other inmates.

The Global Center developed the Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons (CVE-P) Program, which encompasses a series of targeted trainings, technical assistance, and ongoing support to prison authorities, to improve the management of VEOs and to effectively identify and address radicalization and recruitment to violent extremism in prisons.

Established in 2015 in cooperation with the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s Detention and Reintegration Work Group, the program is founded on the latest, evolving best practices, knowledge, and expertise from correctional services around the world. Key thematic areas include the management of terrorism-related offenders, violent extremism risk identification and assessment, risk reduction and rehabilitative interventions, prison culture, and multi-stakeholder engagement. The Global Center draws on an international, multidisciplinary team of forensic psychologists, former prison officials, CVE practitioners, and academic experts.

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