Saturday, January 31, 2015

Washington Post Acknowledges Prison Radicalization Problem

Eleven years after the Inspector General for the Department of Justice issued his report on the potential threat of Islamic radicalization in the prison system the Washington Post has agreed with the assessment.
Using the recent terrorist attacks in Paris as a focal point, the WP found systemic problems in the French penal system whereby common criminals,  such as Amedy Coulibaly a petty thief incarcerated in the Fleury-Merogis prison for a robbery in 2005, became terrorists.  There they meet convicted  terrorists such as Djamel Beghal, an Islamist with ties to al-Qaeda convicted of plotting to bomb the US embassy in 2001.  Such convicts exercise a powerful influence on the general population in the prison.  Their influence helped forge his (Coulibaly) belief in the call to jihad.
Following his release, Coulibaly killed a policewomen and four Jewish hostages in a Kosher deli as a mujahid  in support of ISIS.

Amedy Coulibaly
The Post stated the following regarding the
threat of radicalization:
"France’s prisons have a reputation as factories for radical Islamists, taking in ordinary criminals and turning them out as far more dangerous people."

Unfortunately it's recommended solution is to hire more religious workers without a structured process of certifying the Islamic clergy, something the IG's report believed was crucial in thwarting the radicalization process.

Without those safeguards unvetted prison Imams would only exacerbate the problem.

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