Will isolating Islamic extremists in UK prisons stop radicalisation?


Domiciliary Prisonsource: 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.

The government has responded by announcing a new strategy whereby the most dangerous extremists are to be isolated within high-security “prisons within prisons” to stop them from radicalising others.

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.

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