SOME 97 per cent of jailed jihadists are free to mingle with vulnerable inmates in UK prisons.
Just five of nearly 200 doing time for the terror-related crimes are held in isolation to stop radicalisation.
And only one of three specialist units set up is operating, at HMP Frankland in Durham.
Others at HMP Full Sutton, Yorks, and HMP Woodhill, Bucks, have been quietly shut.
Two of those in Frankland isolation are Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebolajo and HMP Whitemoor attacker Brusthom Ziamani.
Insiders are concerned mixing poses “a real and serious threat”.
An independent report on Frankland reveals “patterns of behaviour seem to have become entrenched, with concerted non-cooperation with the regime offered”.
De-radicalisation expert Hanif Qadir said: “Most notorious terrorists have been in general population prisons.
“That’s why we have normal criminals ending up being radicalised.”
But a source said putting radical prisoners into separation units can be fraught with legal issues.
And the Ministry of Justice insisted that most extremist prisoners can be managed in the mainstream prison population.
The revelations come after it emerged Libyan refugee Khairi Saadallah, 26 — sentenced to life for a hate-fuelled terror stabbing spree last June — had been “keen to associate with” Abu Izzadeen.
Terror fiend Izzadeen, jailed for extremist fund-raising, has links to Anjem Choudary’s banned al-Muhajiroun extremist network.
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