Jihadi jail: Dangerous Muslim extremists to be caged in 'private prison'

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 6, 2017

Adebolajo has been reportedly been "brainwashing" his fellow inmates in prison and spending "most of his waking hours preaching his distorted form of Islam to anyone who will listen", according to the website.

Some of the most subversive extremist prisoners have been moved to a "jail within a jail" as part of efforts to tackle radicalisation in prisons.

The killer of Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo, as well as serial killer Levi Bellfield and child killer Ian Huntley are also serving time at the prison.

The government is planning at least three special prisons for inmates who are suspected of planning terrorism or pose a risk to national security.

Those who spread views that might incite others to commit terrorist offences, or whose extremist views are purposely undermining good order and security in jails, could also be shifted to one of the facilities.

The decision to isolate the most risky subversives to prevent them from influencing others follows the Acheson review into Islamist extremism in prisons.

The introduction of the centres was one of the recommendations of an independent review into extremism in prisons.

The segregated unit at HMP Frankland was recommended by a review, after it was found that "charismatic" prisoners were radicalising others.

The centres will target all types of extremism, which includes Islamist and extreme far-right ideologies.

The creation of the separate specialist units? dubbed jihadi jails or jails within jails? marks a break with the long-standing policy of dispersing convicted terrorist prisoners throughout the eight top security jails that make up the high security prison estate in England and Wales.

Decisions on which prisoners are placed in the units will be taken by specialist senior staff.

In the first wave, about 28 Muslim radicals will be jailed in "separation centers" to prevent them from radicalizing other non-Jihadi criminals.

In April, the Government launched a 100-strong team of counter-terrorism experts to tackle "poisonous" extremism in jails.

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