Speculation over ‘British Alcatraz’ for extremists in the UK causes concern
One expert has warned that a prison exclusively housing Islamic extremists is a dangerous idea. (AFP/File)
Last week, there was speculation that the UK government was planning to house all Islamic extremist prisoners in a single jail, known as the British Alcatraz. In response to the idea, one terror expert has warned that such a move might create a Daesh “command center” in Britain.
Rumours began after David Cameron gave a speech on prison reform, however they have been dismissed by the ministry of justice.
“I am prepared to consider major changes: from the imams we allow to preach in prison to changing the locations and methods for dealing with prisoners convicted of terrorism offences,” Cameron said.
One terror expert, Professor Roger Griffin, has warned against the idea.
“It could actually create a command centre and relay station for IS (Daesh) operations in Britain,” he said, according to the Independent.
Muslims make up 11 percent of the UK’s prison population, with a total of 12,622 prisoners identifying themselves as Muslim.
A ministry of justice spokesperson said that, “No plans for a single prison for terrorist prisoners are under discussion or form part of any review.”
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