MUSLIM prisoners are cashing in on their religion to claim hundreds of thousands of pounds in additional benefits, a report revealed yesterday.
A study of Muslim inmates found that 30 per cent only converted during their sentence, while many others were non-practising before, only becoming “active” inside.
Others admitted that one reason they had taken up the religion was “the perceived material benefits offered to Muslims,” according to the report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons.
It found that many Muslim prisoners realised they were entitled to more time outside their cells and better food, specially prepared at Ramadan.
With 10,300 Muslim prisoners in the system, the extra cost to the taxpayer is believed to stretch to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Prisoners who convert to Islam are entitled to attend Friday prayers and Islamic classes outside their cells and are offered a Halal meat choice for every hot meal.
They are also granted time with Muslim chaplains, as well as access to the Koran and Islamic Literature.
In effect it appears that Crime pays for Muslims both inside as well as outside Prison as most of the class A heroin comes via pakistan by these so called British muslims also.