London Bridge: Usman Khan completed untested rehabilitation scheme

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London Bridge attacker Usman Khan attended two counter-terrorism programmes that had not been fully tested to see if they were effective, BBC News has discovered.

Khan, who was convicted of a terrorism offence in 2012, killed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, on Friday.

He had completed two rehabilitation schemes during the eight years he spent in prison and following his release.

The government says such programmes are kept “under constant review”.

Three others were injured after Khan launched the attack at a prisoner rehabilitation event inside Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge.

Inquests into the deaths of Mr Merritt and Ms Jones will be opened and adjourned at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

During his time in prison, Khan completed a course for people convicted of extremism offences and after his release went on a scheme to

However, the department has not completed any work to test whether the scheme prevents reoffending or successfully tackles extremist behaviour.

There has also been no evaluation of the impact of the Desistance and Disengagement Programme, which Khan took part in after his release last year.

The Home Office “fact-sheet” on the Desistence and Disengagement programme contains eight pieces of “key information”.

But it omits the really key bit – that the programme has never been evaluated. In other words, we do not know if it works.

The same is true of the Healthy Identity Interventions course.

So, these schemes, like many other offender behaviour projects, are, in essence, experimental.

Some say the only way of knowing if they are any good is to try them out.

source : bbc

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