On 9 November, the European Policy Center published a Discussion Paper that examines how terrorist prisoners engage in ‘disguised compliance’, whereby they successfully deceive the professionals involved in their de-radicalisation. As evidence emerges across Europe that this tactic is a growing threat and that terrorist prisoners are actively misleading those concerned with their rehabilitation to gain the opportunity to attack again, this paper provides practical recommendations on how this growing risk can be tackled. The authors found that current approaches to the risk management of violent extremists are reactive, generic and mechanistic. They rely too much on collaboration and devalue frontline professional intuition. It advocates an assertive blended approach that includes new technologies and integrity- and ‘sense-checking’ by a team of practitioners.
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