- Target Audience
- Prison / probationAuthorities
- key themes association
- Prison and probationTraining
- Peer Reviewed practice
NeDiC is a unit in the Hessian Ministry of Justice that is responsible for the coordination and supervision of CVE practices in the Hessian penal system. NeDiC’s responsibilities are organised around four areas:
- ‘Structural observers’: Experienced and specially trained correctional officers. Their sole task is to provide prison intelligence by monitoring and gathering information about all extremist prisoners (EPs) as well as members of organised crime groups (OCPs) at their respective prison. They share this information and key insights with the prison management, NeDiC, and the security agencies. They also act as knowledge multipliers within their prison. Currently, 13 of Hesse’s 16 prisons deploy structural observers.
- Staff training: Raising awareness with regard to the extremist prisoners’ motivation, behaviour and indicators of radicalisation. Fostering intercultural competence and cultural mediation. Trainings are tailor-made for different audience groups and given by NeDiC members or by experts from the security agencies/NGOs. Correctional psychologists are trained in the risk assessment instrument VERA-2R.
- Multi-agency cooperation: Enabling a constant flow of information between correctional staff, NGOs, imams, the Hessian Ministry of Justice, the Hessian security agencies.
- Preventing networking: Increased observation by structural observers and other staff prevents the formation of extremist networks and allows the relocation of EPs/OCPs to different wards or prisons. The security agencies are involved in the regular case conferences concerning EPs/OCPs.
- Pastoral care for Muslim prisoners: Coordinated by NeDiC, 13 German-speaking, vetted imams provide basic pastoral care for Muslim prisoners. By engaging the prisoners in religious dialogue, they can prevent and correct religious misconceptions.
- Coordination and support: Coordination of interventions for EPs. Supporting prisons in applying their existing interventions effectively for EPs.
- Example interventions: Individual and group-based deradicalisation programmes (e.g. by the NGO Violence Prevention Network), psychotherapy, courses on democratic values.
- Focal point: NeDiC acts as a focal point for all gathered knowledge and competences across all the different projects.
- Tasks: Policymaking and administration, the above-mentioned coordination of measures, the facilitation of multi-agency and inter-organisational information exchange, staff training.