‘Prisons Within Prisons’ Are Being Set Up To Separate Muslim Extremists From Other Inmates

In response, Truss said new manuals were being created and all staff would have them “by the end of this year”.

The rise of IS has been linked to the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, which was seen to have a radicalisating effect with prisoners organising operations and picking leaders form the jail.

Radicalisation is “one of the largest threats we face”, Truss claimed.

When Robinson asked whether keeping extremists together would not encourage more radicalisation, Truss said that prisoners would be “moved around” inside the specialist units to prevent this.

She also refused to say whether she would “stand up” to Theresa May and say that no budget cuts should be made to the already stretched prison service in the upcoming Autumn Statement, when pressed by Robinson.

Truss said that training Britain’s prison staff was essential “vital” deal with the the problem, and that she was “determined there will be the resources we need”.

A month into the job, she said she would also focus on the “unacceptable” levels of violence in prisons.

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