Prison staff in Serbia equipped with the Basic screening tool for identification of violent extremist behaviour

April 2020

Notwithstanding the challenges that COVID 19 outbreak imposed on the everyday professional life of the prison authorities, a Working Group (WG) composed of representatives of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, prison management and prison staff in Serbia developed a Basic Screening Tool for Identification of Violent Extremist Behaviour in prisons, with the support of one international consultant.

This tool will reinforce professional judgement of prison management and staff on the behavioural characteristics and changes of inmates susceptible to radicalisation and will enable timely identification and prevention of undue influence coming from prisoners with extreme ideological views. It pinpoints range of relevant behavioural indicators that are to be screened upon prisoner’s admission and throughout imprisonment and shall be applied not only to individuals sentenced for terrorism related activities, but also to the general prison population.

This activity was organized within the scope of the Regional Action “Enhancing penitentiary capacities in addressing radicalisation in prisons in the Western Balkans” that is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe within the “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022” and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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