Radical Islam spreading in jails, expert warns

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Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:37 PM ET

Canada has relatively few terrorists behind bars, but an expert on prison radicalization says the problem of Islamist ideology spreading among inmates is a real one.

"This isn't to say that all inmates will become radicals, or even that many will," said Dr. Alexandre Wilner, a Research Fellow with the Mandonald-Laurier Institute and a terrorism expert. "But it is to suggest that prison represents a potentially good window of opportunity for spreading radical views and recruiting others to a violent cause."

Wilner's comments follow the release of a highly censored CSIS threat assessment that confirmed that Sunni Islamist radicalization is taking place in Canadian prisons, within families and through jihadi websites.


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