A controversial therapy program has been initiated to "cure" extremist Muslim inmates of their political beliefs, the U.K.'s Sunday Mail reported.
Psychologists in the prison service will use techniques similar to those used to “de-program” members of religious cults, the Mail reported. The experimental treatments are being developed by a special extremism unit, set up by the Ministry of Justice.
The therapy is part of a strategy to combat Islamic extremism in Britain's jails where Muslim prisoners are serving time for terrorist offenses, the paper reported. The Ministry fears that if they are left alone, their violent, jihadist interpretation of Islam will spread.
The therapy includes "cognitive behavior" methods, based on the notion that it is possible to change people’s behavior by altering their perceptions and attitudes, the Mail reported.
In England's Whitemoor Prison, 39 out of 150 Muslim inmates have converted since early last year, but officers feel that some changed their faith because they were subject to bullying, the Mail reported.