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Over 90% of French Think Prisons Fail to Prevent Radicalization - Poll

© AFP 2021 / PHILIPPE DESMAZESA prison guard open a door during a press visit on October 14, 2015 in the new prison in Valence, southeastern France
A prison guard open a door during a press visit on October 14, 2015 in the new prison in Valence, southeastern France - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ninety-one percent of the French think that the penitentiary system is not successful in preventing the radicalization of inmates, which 93 percent of the French believe to be a priority objective for the prisons, a poll showed.

Ensuring that dangerous individuals are not enjoying freedom is considered the prison's most important objective by 93 percent of the French as well, according to the Harris Interactive survey.

Ninety-one percent believe that the penitentiary system should strive to dissuade people from committing criminal acts again after their release, while 88 percent believe that the prisons' role is to dissuade the citizens in general from any criminal activities.

Eighty-one percent think that the preparation of inmates for reintroduction into the society after the release is another objective for the prisons.

The survey found that 62 percent of the French believe that none of those goals is satisfactorily reached.

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Twenty-two percent of the French think that the prisons are successful in preparing inmates for the life in the society. The success of the other objectives has an even lower approval rate in the eyes of the French, with the fight against radicalization faring the worst.

The radicalization in French penitentiary system has been at the heart of prison workers' protests earlier this year, which began after a radicalized inmate injured several prison employees. In February, the government laid out a plan in response to the protests, promising 1,500 new places for radicalized inmates in isolated prison wings.

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In March, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his plan for the reform of the country's justice system to combat overpopulation in detention centers through promoting alternative sentences for people with less serious offenses.

The survey was carried out online on June 18-19 among 1,171 people aged 18 and older.

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