Extremist prisoners to be separated from mainstream prisons

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced the creation of three separation centres, which will form part of the wider government strategy to tackle extremism in prisons.

The specialist prison centres will separate dangerous extremists from the mainstream prison population.

The prison facilities will hold up to 28 of the most subversive offenders, preventing their influence over others.

An amendment to prison rules laid before Parliament means prisoners can be placed in a separation centre if they are involved in planning terrorism or are considered to pose a risk to national security.

The new rules also mean those who are spreading views that might influence others to commit terrorism crimes, or anyone whose views are being used in a way which undermines good order and security in prisons, may also be placed in one of the centres.

According to a statement from the MoJ, the first centre will be up and running at HMP Frankland in the coming weeks, with two further units to follow at other establishments.

Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: “Any form of extremism must be defeated wherever it is found, and it is right that we separate those who pose the greatest risk in order to limit their influence over other prisoners.

“These centres are a crucial part of our wider strategy to help tackle extremism in prisons and ensure the safety and security of both our prisons and the wider public.”

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