Inmates Bullied into Converting to Islam

Sky News, October 20, 2013

Sky News has learned that increasing numbers of British inmates are being bullied into converting to Islam while in jail.

The Prison Officers Association says it is symptomatic of the growing power and influence of Muslim gangs in prison.

However, there are also concerns that some of those converts could be radicalised by more extremist elements in prison.

Sky News spoke to one young woman who said her brother was being bullied by members of a Muslim gang, who were trying to force him into converting to Islam.

The woman did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals against her brother, who is serving a sentence in excess of 10 years in a high security prison in England.

She said: “He just looks like a broken man … he’s tearful on visits. I’m just really scared for him.”

She also claimed the bullying had taken a more violent turn: “He’s been physically assaulted. He’s had black eyes.

“In the showers, he got threatened with a knife. He’s not going to back down. He’s not going to convert for anyone.”

She added: “He just spends his time in hiding in his cell. He’s got at least another five years to serve. I don’t know how much longer he can hold out.”

Official sources acknowledge forced conversions are a problem in the country’s prisons.

How large the problem is remains unclear, as inmates are often afraid to report such intimidation for fear of reprisals.

Joe Chapman, a former prison officer who now acts as a prison law consultant, believes the problem is on the increase.

“I think it could be a huge problem. Previously I’d probably only worked in about a dozen or so prisons as an officer,” Mr Chapman said.

“But this job takes me to 40 or 50 over the year, throughout the country. It’s become obvious to me that it’s a growing problem.

“About half a dozen of my clients have directly reported problems with being forced to convert . . . those that weren’t Muslim when they came in and those that were and have been forced to look at more radical ideas about their faith.”

It is the potential route to extremism that will be of most concern to the authorities.

There is no automatic pathway but Jihadist groups do focus on the vulnerable–and new converts in the prison environment offer them a captive audience.

Former Home Secretary Lord Reid told Sky News: “When they arrive in prison, inmates often feel isolated, lacking in identity.

“They don’t have family groups and kinships around them. On top of that, very often there’s a need for protection, a feeling that you’ve arrived in prison, you’re on your own but there are people who appear like you, who give you a set of beliefs but also the protection of being in a gang.

“It is a very, very fertile ground for recruitment and proselytization and radicalisation in prison.”

There are currently around 11,200 Muslims in prison in England and Wales.

That figure is about 13% of the total prison population and is far higher than in the wider community, where Muslims make up less than 5% of the population.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Faith can have a very positive influence on prisoners and can play an important role in rehabilitation, but it must never be misused as a way of coercing vulnerable prisoners into criminal behaviour.

‘We are never complacent about bullying in prisons and take a zero tolerance approach to tackling victimisation of any kind.”

[Editor’s Note: A video report on this story is available at the original article link below.]

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  • Katherine McChesney

    Muslims are a canerous rot on the human race.

  • mgs166

    “13 percent of prisoners in England and Wales are Muslim.”
    It should be much more than that.

    • Spartacus

      At least 100%

    • Magician

      I was rather surprised to read that as well.

      In France, 70% of all prisoners are muslim. The only explanation that comes to my mind is

      1. The monkey who wrote this article is dishonest.
      2. The authorities in England and Wales look the other way when muslims in that regions commit crimes or make excuses that they cannot do anything

  • Spartacus

    ….

    • Manaphy

      Muslims don’t need to “coerce” you into joining their sick, twisted cult. Everyone already knows what happens to whites who don’t comply with Islam:
      (picture from Scandinavia)

      • The side of the driver’s seat says it is absolutely NOT from “Scandanavia” Even Swedes drive on the right these days. This is from Pakistan.

  • David Ashton

    “Zero tolerance”. Another LIE.

  • frederickdixon

    The prison converts are usually, if not always, black. Not sure why it appeals to them but not to whites, but hazarding a guess it might be because both groups are outsiders and the deracinated blacks are in search of an identity and an in-group. Islam offers both.
    White converts, where they exist, are usually women who convert in order to marry Moslems.

  • One of the Muzzies in federal prison tried to bribe me into conversion with marriage to his daughter. I still wouldn’t do it. Finally, I explained that I worshiped Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos. Mr. Lodhi wouldn’t even look at me after that.

  • me

    The ‘religion of peace’ is the most violent on the planet, next to racist voodoo. The Muslims are doing in British prisons what they eventually want to do to the world. BTW, why are Christians NOT being segregated and protected in British prisons? Oh, yeah…White Christians are targeted for genocide!

    • MikeofAges

      How about, except for those who committed heinous crimes, just send them back where there came from? Sweeten it with a little payment that goes on for the rest of their life and they won’t complain so much.

  • bigone4u

    Submit or die. That’s always what muzzies have been about. It’s gone on for hundreds of years and will not stop until this cult of death and pedophilia is exterminated or turns the human race into prisoners of their father Satan, condemned to Hell.

    • America First

      In Arabic, the word “Islam” means submission or surrender: it is derived from the root word “salam”. Most muslims believe that Islam implies enslavement to Allah, but others find it more helpful to define the word “Islam” as surrender. What’s worse, there is no central authority, so any self-described “imam” can issue his own declarations, fatwas (including death threats) and interpretations. So, you have the worst of all worlds: a totalitarian religion, who anyone in power or authority may use to make any adherent’s life a living hell.

      • MBlanc46

        “What’s worse, there is no central authority, so any self-described
        “imam” can issue his own declarations, fatwas (including death threats)
        and interpretations. So, you have the worst of all worlds: a
        totalitarian religion, who anyone in power or authority may use to make
        any adherent’s life a living hell.”

        Islam is not quite as anarchic as you suggest. There are madhabib (schools of jurisprudence) that have long histories. Muslims are generally skeptical of innovation. A charismatic local figure might have great influence over a few followers, but not just anyone can command the obedience of the world’s Muslims.

  • Sick of it

    If they took a zero tolerance approach, this would not be happening. If the British police could just plain shoot muslim criminals, things would be looking better over there.

    • MikeofAges

      Instant deportation. Sweeten it with little payment that goes on for the rest of their lives. Cheaper than intergenerational welfare.

      • Sick of it

        The BNP suggested such a measure. No one else will get on board.

      • Spartacus

        No. For all the things these cockroaches committed, we should use them as fertilizer for at least partial compensation .

        • MikeofAges

          Pragmatically, you can’t do that. The big word is “indemnification”. If you force people to leave, you indemnify them in varying amount depending on what their personal history is. I still say, cheaper than intergenerational welfaire and the consequences of chain immigration and spouse “fetching”. Look, politics is political. People who don’t get that have no hope.

          • Spartacus

            How’s this for indemnification – “You have 6 months to leave, all those who remain get executed.”

  • JDInSanD

    Also France has lots of African Muslims while England has lots of Pakistani’s and Middle Easterners.

  • MBlanc46

    Meccan caravans were the ones preyed on by the Prophet (pbuh) and his early followers. It’s possible that they hit someone else’s, but it was the pagan Meccans that he was fighting.

  • Sangraal

    “When they arrive in prison, inmates often feel isolated, lacking in identity.

    “They don’t have family groups and kinships around them. On top of
    that, very often there’s a need for protection, a feeling that you’ve
    arrived in prison, you’re on your own but there are people who appear
    like you, who give you a set of beliefs but also the protection of being
    in a gang.”

    I think this is true of wider society, if not to the same degree as prison. It’s why whites convert to Islam, adopt black culture, become ‘wiggers’, etc.
    Philo-Semitism/shabbas-goyism, as well, strikes me as a kind of reverse-projection – whites crave the kind of ethnocentrism, community, and solidarity that Jews practise, but because such things would be unacceptable coming from whites, they hope to ‘soak up’ these instinctual and vital traits from their most prolific practitioners.
    We have a huge void in our racial soul, and it’s being filled with all kinds of garbage.

  • mobilebay

    “Join the religion of peace or we kill you.” Has any muslim ever attempted to explain that?