The BSAFE LAB Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Lab of the Beira Interior University (public, Portugal) together with IPS Innovative Prison Systems (private) is in consortium with the Romanian Centre for Correctional Studies of the University of West Timisoara (Romania), the Belgian Prison Service, the Norwegian Prison Service, the Romanian Prison Service, the Turkish Prison Service, International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) and the European Organisation of Prisons and Correctional Services (EuroPris), and the associated partners are the Portuguese Prison Service and the Swiss Federal Penitentiary Training Centre.
BSAFE LAB University of Beira Interior
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The project was developed under the European Commission project 'Radicalisation prevention in prisons' (R2PRIS), following concerted transnational cooperation across academia, private sector researchers, correctional sector representatives and practitioners.
The R2PRIS Multi-level In-prison Radicalisation Prevention Approach aims to:
The R2PRIS approach includes both screening and risk assessment tools, as well as training materials (online and classroom) tailored for different levels of staff.
The R2PRIS approach includes both assessment tools and training materials (online and classroom) tailored for different levels of staff.
1. Assessment tools
The R2PRIS Radicalisation Risk Assessment in Prisons (RRAP) is an assessment process that includes a battery of instruments aiming to provide a broad assessment of inmates’ vulnerabilities and risk of radicalisation. It forms part of the R2PRIS Multi-level In-prison Radicalisation Prevention approach, which also includes the Critical Incidents Readiness Assessment (CIRA). Comprising three different instruments that assess the perception of three diverse audiences (prison governors/administrators, frontline staff, and technical staff), the RRAP Toolset aims to assist both individuals and prison systems in thoughtful consideration of the factors and necessary steps, so as to provide thorough, well-considered opinions on the potential risk of future physical, radical-based violence from a known individual.
The R2PRIS approach and assessment tools have been developed to be used with inmates suspected of being vulnerable or on a radicalisation path, not those convicted of extremism-related violence or terrorism crimes or for being part of a terrorist organisation.
Use of the R2PRIS RRAP tools requires a 'training of trainers' certification process. The certification process consists of online and classroom training and follow-up coaching sessions after employing the tools.
To support their work, certified professionals will have access to:
The online course was developed through an interactive process and resulted in concerted transnational cooperation across academia, private sector research, correctional sector representatives and practitioners. The course was piloted in Portugal, Belgium, Romania, Norway and Turkey and was improved following user practitioners' feedback.