Muslim chaplains in British prisons are distributing Islamist material, both CDs and pamphlets, some of it from Saudi Arabia, according to a new Ministry of Justice report. The Times of London reports:
Weak corporate guidance and a lack of scrutiny inside jails meant there was little or no assessment of the suitability of Islamic literature before it was distributed to “impressionable minds”.
Chaplains at several jails also encouraged prisoners to raise funds for Islamic charities with links to international terrorism, according to the review. It warned that lax controls and failings at a senior level of the prison service had created a breeding ground for Islamist radicalisation.
Jails in England and Wales held 12,328 Muslim inmates at the start of this year, of whom 131 were convicted terrorists and a further 1,000 were deemed vulnerable to radicalisation. Muslims make up 4.8 per cent of the population but 14.5 per cent of prisoners.
Prison radicalization is a concern elsewhere, from Germany to the U.S., and the presence of radical imams cannot help—to say the least. This report should prompt close investigation of other systems. There are Muslim clerics who preach peace, tolerance and personal renewal, not violence and hate. Those are the ones who should be working in prisons.