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Call for participants: RAN HEALTH Working Group meeting – Mental health in prisons

23-24 September 2020 (9.15 am – 12.15 pm). This will be a digital meeting.

For the RAN HEALTH Working Group meeting on ‘Mental health in prisons’ we are currently looking for suitable participants.

Call for participants

We invite interested mental health and prison specialists experienced in working as a practitioner with violent extremists/terrorist detainees/radicalisation in prison to react to this call for participants.

In order to find the best suited participants, we would like to ask you if you could answer the following questions:

  • What is your experience with working with violent extremists/terrorist detainees/radicalisation in prisons?
  • Do you link overall conditions in prisons with radicalisation and/or mental health issues and if so, why?
  • Do you have a good practice in place related on how to engage with radicalised or radicalising prisoners?
  • What are the main challenges you encounter in your work?


If you are interested in participating at this meeting, please elaborate on these questions until 31 August 2020 the latest and send them to Jordy Krasenberg and Feline Deniz.

We will invite participants based on this information. Please keep in mind that we only have a limited number of places available for this meeting, so participation is not guaranteed.

Background and aim of the meeting

EU Member States reported that individuals imprisoned for terrorist offences and prisoners who radicalise in prison pose a threat both during their imprisonment and after release. Attacks, jihadist cells among prisoners and active monitoring of radicalisation within prisons in 2019 have demonstrated this threat. In many EU Member States, a number of radicalised individuals will soon be released, thereby increasing the security threat (see European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2020).

In prisons, not only pre-existing mental health problems are visible, but also the shock of being in prison could influence mental health conditions. The goal of this meeting is to exchange good practices and approaches on how to engage with radicalised or radicalising prisoners with mental health problems. The deliverable of this meeting is a specialised paper describing what to take into account when dealing with radicalised prisoners with mental health problems.

Please note, the meeting will be held digitally in English.

If you have any further questions, please don´t hesitate to contact Jordy Krasenberg and Feline Deniz