Prisons across the country as well as around the world will continue to be breeding grounds for Islamic radicalization, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV.
"It is prevalent, it's problematic. There's a lot of guys that will jump on the religious bandwagon when they go to prison in an attempt to join a group or a gang or something to that effect," Kerik said Monday to J.D. Hayowrth on "Newsmax Prime."
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"Radicalization in prison — we've seen it not only here in the U.S. but abroad as well. Look at [militant Islamist Abu] Zarqawi who was killed by U.S. coalition forces. He was radicalized himself in a Jordanian prison."
"It's a big issue … it happens, it's going to continue to happen. Especially here where ISIS [the Islamic State] is constantly recruiting. It's going to continue to happen and it's something we have to stay on top of."
Kerik, who also served as the Iraq Interim Minister of Interior, is author of "From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054,"
published by Threshold Editions.
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