Judy Korn

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Judy Korn was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Judy is addressing the widespread and rising problem of ethnocentrically motivated violence. She recognizes that all youth committing hate crimes—be they right-wing extremists or other ideological extremists—essentially share similar thought and behavioral patterns: Most are personally troubled hangers-on and use ideological explanations as superficial reasons for their crimes.
Judy has created the first rehabilitation system that allows delinquents to break through the vicious cycle of personal frustration, fanaticism, violence, and recidivism. By simultaneously tackling the motivational, behavioral, ideological, and social roots of their offenses, Judy strengthens the youth both inside the prison and after release to distance themselves from ideologically radical attitudes and actions. Through a multifaceted training she works with the youngsters through their personal biography to dismantle the ideological justification of their crimes and leads them to take responsibility for what they have done. Additionally, her trainers enable the emotionally alienated prisoners to control their aggressions and dare to build relationships; so they can create a supportive network of carefully selected friends or family members they can turn to after they are released.
She is expanding her system by training trainers; spreading through Germany and beyond. Her methodology, which also involves relevant support institutions for aftercare, has resulted in a dramatically lower recidivism rate. Judy has proven her goal that her concept works by focusing on a very dangerous and tricky target group, and knows it will work for other violent delinquents, with the potential to influence the treatment of violent prisoners on an international scale.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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