Co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia, the Detention and Reintegration (DR) Working Group facilitates cooperation, capacity-building, awareness raising, information sharing, marshalling of resources to respond to emerging issues, and the development of good practices to help corrections and counter-terrorism officials integrate prisons into national counter-terrorism arrangements and better manage terrorist detainees.
The Working Group focuses on understanding and addressing the issues that arise from the incarceration and eventual release of violent extremists, and the motivations behind violent extremist offenders, which often differ greatly from that of common criminals. The Working Group serves as a platform to discuss cooperation among countries on these issues, including strengthening the capacities of prison management systems through technical assistance and developing good practices to guide practitioners and policy-makers.
Working Group initiatives are guided by the GCTF’s Rome Memorandum on Good Practices for Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremist Offenders (Rome Memorandum), other relevant framework documents, and the Working Group’s work plan.
Current areas of focus of the Detention and Reintegration Working Group are:
- Four priority areas of: (i) capacity building for corrective services officials and prisons officers; (ii) strengthening security of detention facilities; (iii) detention and correction programs for terrorist detainees; and (iv) developing pre-release and post-release/aftercare programs.
- Capacity-building, particularly through the Counter Violent Extremism in Prisons (CVE-P) Program, which implements a key tenant of the Rome Memorandum by helping participating prisons to counter and build resilience to radicalization among inmate populations. This innovative Program features a country-tailored, interactive training component with a follow-up activity that assists participating prisons officials to apply the training to their prison environment. The Program includes ongoing support designed by the recipients and tailored to their specific needs. Program support can be directed at prisons, corrections systems or national-level corrections training facilities. The program has attracted a growing list of participating countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Working with the CJ-ROL Working Group and others on cross-cutting initiatives, including implementation of the Addendum to the Rome Memorandum on Good Practices for Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremist Offenders, and countering radicalization in prisons.
- Identifying emerging issues and sharing good practices, including through continuing the series of regional practitioner workshops that have helped corrections officials to build knowledge and expertise in the key areas of securing, managing, and rehabilitating terrorist inmates.