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.