"Released prisoners and the risk of terrorist recidivism." Invited paper presented at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) Deradicalization Work and Recidivism conference.

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The available evidence strongly suggests that re-offending rates for released terrorist prisoners is surprisingly low. In most countries, terrorist re-offending rates are much lower than the levels typically seen with ordinary, non-terrorist prisoners. This trend applies both in the context of releases where the related conflict is still ongoing, and where the conflict has ended or entered a significant peace process. It is important to acknowledge, however, that some re-offending does occur, though the level of re-offending is typically much lower than we would normally expect with most released prisoners. Monitoring and management systems should be in place for released prisoners.
Period22 Jun 2020
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


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