Significant increase in prisoners caught with radical Islamist books fueling concerns jails are becoming hotbeds of extremism

A significant increase in the number of prisoners caught in possession of radical Islamist books is fuelling concerns that jails are becoming hotbeds of extremism.

Since June last year, the Ministry of Justice has recorded 56 cases of extreme Islamist publications being confiscated.

In the seven months from June to December 2016, 12 books were identified as “containing extremist material” likely to present a threat to good order or national security.