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Radicalism: Crime Prevention

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many officials of his Department have responsibility to tackle extremism by developing interventions and programmes for extremist offenders; (308125)

(2) how many units within his Department have responsibility to tackle extremism by developing interventions and programmes for extremist offenders.

There are two units within the National Offender Management Service developing interventions and programmes for extremist offenders who work closely together:

National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Interventions and Substance Misuse Group (ISMG)

This unit, which is funded by the Home Office, is made up of four full-time and one part-time staff and is managed by a senior principal chartered forensic psychologist.

NOMS Chaplaincy HQ

The NOMS Chaplaincy HQ has set up a sub-committee (made up of eight part-time staff, and with oversight from the NOMS ISMG) for designing a faith-based intervention for tackling those offenders who may be vulnerable to extremism.