London, Oct.10 : British prison officers fear that Muslim inmates are turning to extremism.
According to The Times, prison officers at Whitemoor Jail fear growing radicalisation and conversions among the 395 inmates, of whom almost one third were Muslims.
On one wing at the jail staff admitted that Muslim inmates "policed themselves", theeport said.
One inmate claimed to inspectors that inmates are converting to Islam because they want protection and that Muslim gangs in the jail provide it.
Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, has urged the prison service to do more to provide staff throughout the jail system but particularly in the top security prisons with help to deal with increasing Muslim numbers.
The number of Muslim prisoners in jails doubled in the ten years to 2006 to reach,243 - 11 per cent of the total prison population.