Today on December, 16 2021, through a discussion with representatives of institutions and local and international non-governmental organizations, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies presented the findings of the baseline assessment of the capacities and needs of the Kosovo Probation Service in rehabilitation and reintegration of the returnee from the conflict zones that are under the supervision of this institution.
As noted in the report, the discussion emphasized that although it has an important role in the reintegration and rehabilitation processes, the Kosovo Probation Service has not benefited from the trainings of international and local organizations on topics related to the prevention of violent extremism as well as the rehabilitation and reintegration process. Furthermore, the discussion highlighted the fact that the KPS has received minimal support from local institutions and foreign donors for rehabilitation and reintegration projects, despite the fact that it currently supervises a large number of individuals convicted for offenses related to terrorism and violent extremism
Through the report and this discussion, the KCSS team provided concrete recommendations for addressing the needs and challenges of the KPS for the rehabilitation and reintegration processes. In this regard, the recommendations include increasing the number of KPS staff, establishing a unit for the management of violent extremism, specialized training on reintegration and rehabilitation, allocating a special budget for these areas and improving inter-institutional and cross-sectoral cooperation as well as the cooperation with the community at large.