September 16, 2019
 In Radicalization & Violent Extremism in Prisons

Country: Bolivia
Delegate Name: Reem Omran

UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Prison
Reem Omran
Forest Hills Northern High School

Similar to many other nations, Bolivia has seen an increase in radicalization and violent extremism in its prisons. For the nation’s law enforcement agencies, this has grown to be a significant problem because violent radicals often work discreetly, making it challenging to detect and prevent terrorist activity.
At 250 prisoners for every 100,000 people, Bolivia has a comparatively high incarceration rate. Political inmates and regular offenders both make up the jail population. Extremist and terrorist prisoners have been more prevalent in Bolivia in recent years. These persons include those connected to domestic political movements as well as those connected to extremist Islamist organizations. Extremist offenders frequently enjoy a high degree of impunity within the penal system. They frequently have access to communication networks like the internet and mobile phones, which they utilize to spread their ideas and recruit new members. Additionally, they may use force and intimidation to maintain control over other inmates and personnel.
To address the problem of radicalization and violent extremism in Bolivian prisons, it is necessary to adopt a comprehensive approach that considers the underlying causes of the issue. Enhancing social and economic growth, maintaining prisons effectively, and developing counter-radicalization strategies are a few potential solutions. The government should invest in strengthening the management and security of its jails, including the adoption of cutting-edge technology and better staff training. They should implement policies and initiatives that support inclusive growth and equal access to opportunities in order to eliminate social and economic inequality. Lastly, the government should create and put into action plans to stop inmates from becoming radicalized, such as giving at-risk inmates counseling and educational help.
Radicalization and violent extremism in Bolivian prisons pose a significant threat to the country’s security and stability. The government can take measures to reduce the potential of violent extremism and radicalization in its jails by taking a comprehensive and multifaceted approach, including improving prison management, promoting social and economic growth, and establishing counter-radicalization methods.

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