Thursday, March 03, 2016

Minnesota Federal Judge Creating Innovative Deradicalization Program Aimed At ISIL Recruits

The Minneapolis Star Tribune and MPR News reported yesterday that Minnesota federal district judge Michael J. Davis is setting up an innovative Terrorism Disengagement and Deradicalization Program aimed at deradicalizing defendants convicted of plotting to join ISIS.  Davis has presided over most of the terrorism trials of young Somali-Americans in Minnesota. In court papers filed in the case of four men who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support and resources to ISIL, the court says it plans to have the U.S. Probation Office work with a consultant from the German Institute on Radicalization and Deradicalization Studies to recommend an individualized intervention program tailored to each defendant's circumstances and underlying radicalization factors.  The U.S. Attorney's Office is fully supportive of the new initiative.  Defense attorneys have not yet decided whether to accept the plan.