Hate preachers spreading unacceptable messages within British prisons has been an issue for a long time – with many experts suggesting that some prisons have become recruitment grounds for terrorist organisations.
Whilst I was glad to hear that the government plans to open special units within prisons to separate hate preachers like Anjem Choudary (who may be held in Co. Durham) from the general population, I am also alarmed that this has not been done a long time ago.
This is only the first of many badly needed reforms. I hope that the government will build upon this move and continue to support our Prison Service by providing the long overdue additional resources and staff that will be required to get the British justice system back on track. If not, we in UKIP will be there to hold them to task.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East