Imams working in British prisons have links with extremist preachers and hard line groups, and may be helping to radicalise Muslim prisoners, according to a report in the Times. One preacher connected to Muslim prison chaplains believes that beating women "brings them to goodness", while another group thinks adulterers should be killed.

The Prison Officers' Association admitted that there is a "real problem" with inmates being radicalised, saying that some imams had "slipped through the net". Sources added that the prison chaplaincy system was a "total shambles" and called for an immediate change in how imams are vetted.

The British government has tried to use imams to counter radicalism among the 12,000 Muslims currently in prison, but critics now suggest they are part of the problem.

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