Jail staff failing to counter extremism, warns inspector

    Inadequately trained staff inside Belmarsh high security prison are failing to challenge extremism and are in danger of feeding radicalisation by alienating Muslim inmates, the chief inspector of prisons has warned. Anne Owers said staff at the London jail, which holds nearly 200 Muslims, face a danger of fuelling anti-western attitudes. Independent prison monitoring boards have also warned of the need to understand the disruptive impact of terrorist prisoners inside prisons. The report said nearly two-thirds of Muslim inmates had felt unsafe and victimised by staff, with fewer than half believing staff treated them with respect. While 70 per cent of non-Muslim prisoners said they could turn to a member of staff, this was the case for only 40 per cent of Muslim inmates.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=29588ABB38AC8BF8EB585D29&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

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