- Dangerous inmates currently dispersed across secure units in eight jails
- Michael Gove review backs putting 131 Islamist terrorists in one prison
- David Cameron hinted last week he would accept 'major changes' in jails
- Opponents worry will be a point for protest, a 'British Guantanamo Bay'
The Prime Minister is considering putting all terrorist prison inmates into a single jail which has been dubbed the British Alcatraz.
The jail, would hold all 131 Islamist inmates, convicted of terror offences, in a single secure unit to stop them infecting other prisoners with their extremist views.
The policy has been recommended by a new review into radicalisation in British prisons, and David Cameron hinted earlier this week he is 'prepared to consider major changes'.
A jail dubbed the British Alcatraz (pictured, the prison in California) could hold all 131 Islamist inmates convicted of terror offences in a single secure unit to stop them infecting other prisoners with their views
There are currently 1,000 inmates considered at risk of radicalisation in British prisons, and in the speech earlier this week, Mr Cameron said he would 'not stand by' and watch this happen.
It would reverse the current policy of dispersing dangerous inmates across six prisons, which has been in place for 50 years. This stops them creating gangs and power structures within the jail.
The prison could hold notorious terrorists such as:
- 'Silent bomber' Mohammed Rehman, 25, and Ahmed Khan, 24, the couple who planned to kill hundreds of civilians by blowing up Westfield shopping centre or bombing the Tube
- Lee Rigby's killers Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, who were dragged from the dock screaming 'Allahu akbar' and fighting guards after being jailed for life
Lee Rigby's killers Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale are among the sorts of criminals that may be housed in the new institution
One prison source told The Times that it would be better to maintain the the ability to move prisoners, but agreed it would be a good idea to segregate them to stop them 'infecting other inmates with their views.
The review, by former prison governor Ian Acheson, was commissioned by Michael Gove (pictured)
There are concerns that putting all radicals in one prison, or secure units within jails, would create a focal point for protest, something that could be considered a British Guantanamo Bay.
The proposed jail has been dubbed 'The British Alcatraz', likened to the American jail which was created to house the country's most dangerous inmates, all in one place.
The idea behind Alcatraz was to separate them from other prisoners so they could not influence others with their bad behaviour, similar to the purpose of separating Islamist extremists.
Downing Street is said to be interested in the solution in the review, commissioned by justice secretary Michael Gove, which is similar to the approach of isolation taken by France.
However, there are concerns that it could lead to power structured withing the prisons that could be used to intimidate guards.
This issue was brought up in 1995 after six prisoners - including IRA members - broke out of a maximum security unit in Whitemoor jail the previous year.
The review, by former prison governot Ian Acheson, also recommends calling former soldiers into young offenders institutions, and for them to run their own cadet corps.