Prisoners: Radicalism

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in respect of which prisons he has received recent reports on the religious radicalisation of prisoners.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

NOMS requires its staff to report on a wide range of extremist behaviours through well-established intelligence reporting systems. This process identifies a number of prisoners, who from the behaviour they exhibit in custody, appear to hold extremist views or who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, religious or otherwise. NOMS assesses that a significant proportion of those exhibiting extremist behaviours do so to disguise or excuse anti-social or criminal gang behaviours or to attempt to manipulate the prison system.

Reporting of extremist behaviour is received from a range of prisons across the custodial estate. NOMS identifies and manages extremist behaviour where it is reported and has a range of interventions available to tackle and disrupt such behaviour, whether genuine or apparent, and an established multi-agency case management approach working with partners to deal with those prisoners of greatest concern.

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