Fears British prisoners could be radicalized and turned into jihadist while behind bars. (Express).
ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) gunmen behind the Paris atrocities last month as well as two al-Qaeda killers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo murders at the start of the year became radicalized while in jail in France.
Earlier this month, the Government launched an investigation into whether jailed extremist preachers could be radicalising thousands of prisoners.
It is believed some may have tried to radicalize vulnerable young prisoners, while others will have helped enforce a ‘culture of separation’ inside jails, helping create extremist zones.
Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Police’s head of counter terrorism Richard Walton said there were not yet any meaningful measures to deal with the matter.
He said: "We are convicting more people, so the challenge in prisons is bigger.
"Where operations start from within prison or with somebody who has just been released from jail, you know there wasn’t much success in de-radicalising them when they were in.
"There has to be more we can do. The issue of radicalization in prisons is a concern. Everybody needs to think what more can be done."
However, the Government is taking action against the threat.
Prison governors are now expected to carry out risk assessments when working out which prisoners share cells, as well as carrying out reception and induction interviews.
Government guidance says: "Contact with prisons’ chaplaincy should take place, particularly for those whose initial assessments cause concern.
“The chaplain’s initial assessment should seek to establish longevity and knowledge of faith and look for any indication that the prisoner endorses extremist ideology or supports terrorism.”
A spokesman for the prison service said: “The Secretary of State has asked the department to review its approach to dealing with Islamist extremism in prisons and probation.
This is being supported by external expertise and sits alongside the cross government work currently underway on developing de-radicalization programmes.” Hmmmm......Just replace 'British prisoners' by 'Prisoners Worldwide'. On top of it in Europe Muslims form the fastest growing group of prisoners. Read the full story here.
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Muslim gangs are running many prisons, according to a BBC report. In high security prisons, Muslim percentages are well above average. In 2008, Muslim prisoners accounted for 34 percent of prisoners in HMP Whitemoor, in Cambridgeshire, and about 24 percent of inmates in HMP Long Lartin, in Worcestershire.
Ironically, Muslim criminals enforce a strict Islamic code in many of our prisons: people can be beaten up for eating pork or listening to western music. Inmates are being recruited into Islam and Muslim lags are being radicalised.
Britain is not alone: In Belgium the figure is 16% (12.8% Moroccans, 3.1% Turks) (EUMAP), 35% (NEWS) in Denmark 20% (NEWS). French prisons have between 50% and 70% Muslims (NEWS, NEWS, NEWS) whilst in Norway the figure is over 30% (NEWS) and in Spain 70% (NEWS). Not even Switzerland escapes, with 57.8% Muslims in Champ-Dollon prison alone (Champ-Dollon PDF). See HERE for the source of that information and more figures.
“The connection between criminality and Islamism is very tight in Europe,” said Michael Radu, a terrorism analyst at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. See Islamic radicalization feared in Europe’s jails. Read the full story here.