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Prisoners: Muslims

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any faith-based organisations make weekly visits to Muslim inmates in HMP Highpoint. (177077)

There is one faith-based organisation which makes weekly visits to Highpoint. Muslim mentors from a scheme based at a London mosque visit two or three prisoners on a weekly basis. The aim of this scheme is to help resettle Muslim offenders into their community and is available to prisoners who are due to resettle in the London area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what schemes are in place in prisons in England and Wales aimed at preventing Muslim inmates being exposed to extremist (a) views and (b) indoctrination. (177078)

The Prison Service is delivering a programme of work to address the risks associated with violent extremism and radicalisation in prisons including: training and awareness raising for staff; intelligence gathering; and enhancing faith provision through Muslim chaplains. Decisions on the management of individual prisoners are taken on a case-by-case basis.