Monday, May 26, 2008

Diversity Thriving In Prisons.

Uh oh, there is a problem in one of our prisons:

A Prison Service report has expressed concern about problems with the high number of Muslim inmates at one of Britain's high-security jails.

A review of Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire found staff were fearful of doing the wrong thing, "shifting the power dynamic towards prisoners".

The prison service famously sacks officers for insensitivity if they fail to show respect for Osama Bin Laden so it isn't hard to guess why prison officers are unwilling to confront prison gangs who recruit among Muslims. Still at least they can't be accused of failing to act on the basis of the new report:

The report recommended an "intelligence assessment of the Muslim prisoner group of concern and their possible activities" and "more cultural awareness and diversity training".
The Prison Service said a "programme of work" was planned "to increase mutual understanding between staff and prisoners", including a "development day for staff on the Muslim faith".

So "diversity training" is the solution to prison officers being terrified of being insensitive towards ethnic minority inmates! It's like having petrol filled fire extinguishers.

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