source: Prison Watch UK
published: 8 September 2016
The British tabloid press has recently been alive with headlines of self-styled emirs, hate-preaching imams and jihadi books in prisons. Their ire only increased when radical preacher Anjem Choudary was convicted of swearing allegiance to Islamic State.
But will the strategy work? Or has it been tried before and proved ineffective? Could it even be a propaganda coup for extremist recruiters?
For the past 50 years, the most hard-core prisoners have been dispersed within the prison system to prevent them from establishing close relationships with other inmates.