Muslim imams working in Canadian federal prisons say if inmates are being radicalized behind bars, it's in part because chaplains aren't being given enough time to build relationships with prisoners already radicalized or at risk.

Two Muslim chaplains spoke to CBC's French-language service, Radio-Canada, on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak with the media.

They said radicalized inmates can step in to fill a spiritual void for other inmates because chaplains rarely have one-on-one meetings with inmates, and those meetings usually last less than 10 minutes.

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