Imprisoned Islamic extremists with violent versions of the Quran are taking advantage of few available Muslim chaplains and scarce religious monitoring programs in prisons to breed terrorists, says a released today and reported by the Associated Press. State and local prison officials struggle to track radicalized behavior by inmates or religious counselors, said the joint study by George Washington University and the University of Virginia. In California, officials reported “that every investigation into radical groups in their prisons uncovers new leads, but they simply do not have enough investigators to follow every case of radicalization.”
“Radicalized prisoners are a potential pool of recruits by terrorist groups,” said the study, issued at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “homegrown” terrorists. “The U.S., with its large prison population, is at risk of facing the sort of homegrown terrorism currently plaguing other countries.” About 6 percent of the 2 million people imprisoned in the U.S. are Muslim, says the Federal Bureau of Prisons.