Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House May 30, 2018 to discuss prison reform and sentencing.
Kardashian was particularly advocating for a pardon for a first-time offender of a non-violent drug-related crime who was given life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
What Kardashian most likely didn’t mention to the president is the enormous and fast-growing problem of recruitment and radicalization by Islamists inside U.S. prisons.
Islam is the fastest-growing religion in U.S. prisons: 80 percent of all conversions in prison are to Islam.
Of course, not all converts to Islam become terrorists or even extremists, but the problem lies with what expert Mark S. Hamm called “prison Islam“ — “small, gang-like cliques that use cut-and-paste versions of the Koran” to religiously sanction violent and criminal activities.
According to a January 2010 report released by John Kerry, “Three dozen U.S. citizens who converted to Islam while in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly for Al Qaeda training.”
The recent Islamist terror attack in Belgium in which three people were killed was committed by an inmate on temporary leave who had converted to Islam in prison and become radicalized.
France is set to release 20 radicalized prisoners this year and 20 next year (who are at the end of their sentences), a move which has been called a “major risk” by the country’s leading counter-terrorism prosecutor.