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The Ministry of Justice has blocked a study examining why so many convicts and prisoners in the UK are converting to Islam and turning to extremism.
A so-called “corporate culture” in the government department was blamed for the move, with officials allegedly worried about what the academic study might unearth or reveal.
UK - Extremists - Islam - Jail - Westminster
Many of the UK’s homegrown extremists have converted to Islam in jail, including the Westminster terrorist attacker Khalid Masood, with some prisons allegedly controlled by Islamic gangs and prisoners forced to covert for their own protection.
The proposed three-year study was supported by Max Hill, the independent reviewer of terrorism laws, but the prison service did not want outsiders studying such a sensitive area, The Times reports.
Scale - Radicalisation - Prisons - Source - Newspaper
“The scale of radicalisation should not be overestimated but in certain prisons it is certainly growing,” a source told the newspaper.
Adding: “The corporate culture of the service is defensive and they will have been concerned about what this proposed project will discover.”
Others - Sources - Study - Inmates - Pressure
Others sources claimed that the study could have revealed that inmates are converting because of cultural pressure and to get better food and avoid gang violence.
Matthew Wilkinson, the principal investigator, said: “Prison governors want our independent research to discover what...
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