On account of the growing numbers of (severely) radicalised offenders and the threat of radicalisation processes within the penal system, German correctional facilities are expanding measures for radicalisation prevention and deradicalisation. This includes the probationary system. Multipliers working in correctional facilities and the probationary system further have access to thematic, needs-based training programmes. The latter are implemented in penal facilities, young offenders’ institutions, offices of the AJSD (Ambulanter Justizsozialdienst) and other relevant points across the entire Federal Republic.
In 2015, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth commissioned Violence Prevention Network within the scope of the federal programme Live Democracy! to advance the deradicalisation structures available in German correctional facilities.
A nationwide network
As of 2017, programmes in the field of Radicalisation prevention and deradicalisation in prison and probation are being implemented on a nationwide scale. This facilitates the networking of civic actors working on this topic.
Standards and quality criteria
In partnership with the cooperating entities, Violence Prevention Network coordinates the joint development of nationwide standards and quality criteria for radicalisation prevention and deradicalisation in correctional facilities and the probationary system. In addition, Violence Prevention Network regularly organises specialist conferences and information events on specific topics.
Religiously motivated and right-wing extremism
Violence Prevention Network is active in the field of religiously motivated extremism in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony and Saxony. The field of right-wing extremism is covered by Violence Prevention Network in partnership with other entities in Brandenburg, Hesse and Saxony.