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IPAC Report 34: Update on Indonesian Pro-ISIS Prisoners and Deradicalisation Efforts


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Pro-ISIS extremists continue to recruit and radicalise fellow inmates in Indonesian prisons, while structural problems of the prison system continue to defeat efforts at deradicalisation and disengagement.

Update on Indonesian Pro-ISIS Prisoners and Deradicalisation Efforts, the latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks at the burden on corrections officers with a growing number of pro-ISIS prisoners — 2016 has seen more than 120 suspected terrorists arrested and charged, as well as more than 50 released.

“The obstacles to effective prison management remain overwhelming,” says Sidney Jones, IPAC director. “Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed, corruption is rife, and inadequate budgets make it easier for well-funded extremists to recruit inmates when they can offer extra food. No deradicalisation program is going to be effective unless some of these issues are addressed.”

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