"Experiences with Deradicalization Work and Recidivism in the United Kingdom." Invited paper presented at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) InfoEx Workshop 2/2020 “Deradicalization Work and Recidivism”, 2020.

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Over the past eighteen months, released terrorist prisoners have allegedly committed several serious attacks, including notably two separate knife attacks in London and a gun assault in Vienna. Such cases have understandably flagged former prisoners as a significant potential threat in future violent scenarios. They have also fuelled grave concerns over the effectiveness of the rehabilitation interventions used for terrorist offenders and the ability of prison and probation systems to assess and manage the risk posed by these individuals. Despite such attacks, research suggests that progress has been made in this area. According to recent reviews, there are 16 studies or government reports which report recidivism statistics for terrorist offenders, covering a wide range of countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Collectively, they find that the average recidivism rate for released terrorist prisoners is 9 percent, with a median rate of 5.5 percent. These figures are much lower than the rates typically seen for non-terrorist offenders.
Period28 May 202029 May 2020
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • terrorism
  • violent extremism
  • terrorist prisoners
  • re-offending
  • recidivism
  • risk assessment