UK to face tenfold rise in jailed terrorists by 2017

November 14th, 2007 - 10:17 am ICT by admin  
The agency has predicted that the number of inmates held on terrorist offences will be 1,600 by 2017, up from 131 today.

It has also been suggested that 1,300 such prisoners will be Category A inmates, who require the highest level of security.

The stark rise in the number of prisoners serving jail terms for terrorist offences may cause huge problems for the Prison Service, as more prisons will have to be converted at great expense to deal with prisoners who represent a high security risk.

“If we have a very large increase that takes us beyond our current Category A capacity then we would have to make more Category A prisons or convert existing prisons, giving them additional security,” the Telegraph quoted Phil Wheatley, the director general of the Prison Service, as telling told MPs.

“I’m confident that I wouldn’t be left trying to look after Category A prisoners with no prisons to keep them in,” he added.

The Prison Service’s predictions have emerged at a time when the Home Affairs Committee is inquiring into the Government’s counter-terrorism proposals, seeking rise in the period for detaining terror suspects without charge from the current 28 days. (ANI)

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