Assessing and Treating Radicalized Offenders

  • Yvonne Stys


When compared to the bodies of evidence that have been developed for various subtypes of offenders, the extent of the knowledge surrounding radicalized offenders is in its relative infancy. However, great strides have been taken since 9/11 to develop a more comprehensive understanding of radicalization and ideologically-motivated violence in general, and in the correctional context specifically. Efforts to realize robust theoretical frameworks of the dynamic, individual radicalization process have resulted in avenues of inquiry for psychological assessment, options for multi-disciplinary intervention, and hope for effective and successful reintegration. While a significant amount of empirical examination and verification remains to be completed and replicated, lessons learned to date offer insight, options, and caveats for correctional service delivery personnel.


Radicalization Radicalized offender Violent extremism Extremist prisoner Risk assessment Terrorism Intervention Disengagement Rehabilitation Reintegration 


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  • Yvonne Stys
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  1. 1.Research Branch Correctional Service CanadaOttawaCanada

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