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“When an inmate sees me, he doesn’t say ‘I’m radicalizing.’” But Eddouk says some inmates have tested him “to see if I know my religion well or not.”
He stresses that only a tiny minority of prisoners move toward radicalism and makes a distinction between those with an extremist ideology and those in search of meaning to their lives.
For Eddouk, the cure is connection — via family ties, prison administrators and chaplins like himself.
“Most prisoners are looking for something to hang onto. They just try to keep standing,” he said.
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