Friday, 7 December 2012
One in five young men in youth jails is Muslim, an increase of nearly 25 per cent on last year, figures released today show.
The proportion of youth offenders in custody from black and minority ethnic communities also rose three percentage points to 42 per cent in 2010-11, according to the report by the chief inspector of prisons.
Around 17 per cent of the population of England and Wales is non-white, while it is estimated that about 5 per cent of people in the UK are Muslim
The annual review of children and young people in custody showed that the proportion of males in young offender institutions (YOIs) identifying themselves as Muslim in 2011-12 rose to 21 per cent from 16 per cent the previous year and 13 per cent the year before that.
Posted on 12/07/2012 12:05 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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