How should the government deal with convicted terrorists?
A BBC report indicates that prison is reinforcing the beliefs of jailed terrorists:
“Al-Qaeda prisoners in UK jails are being hardened instead of reformed, top Whitehall sources have told the BBC. A major programme of radicalisation is underway in prisons, targeting vulnerable young men and preaching violent jihad, it has been claimed.”
Most of these unreformed people will be released at some point, and as they are unlikely to be deported, they will still be a danger to this country. Terrorism is a crime fuelled by ideology, rather than self-interest (like a bank robbery for instance), and so reformation of character is much more difficult. How should released terrorists be dealt with then? Fairness dictates that we treat them as we would any other released prisoners, but is that enough? Paedophiles and those with mental illnesses are monitored after leaving prison; should this be the fate of released terrorists too?
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