Thursday, December 6, 2012

UK- One in five young prisoners are Muslim

Via the Guardian who didn't spin it as a form of islamophobia.
The proportion of offenders in youth jails who are Muslim is rising sharply and they now account for more than one-fifth of all inmates, the chief inspector of prisons has said. Nick Hardwick said the figure had risen from 13% in 2009-10 to 21% in 2011-12.

He said that while they were less likely to say they felt unsafe in youth jails and more likely to say they were treated with respect, they still felt they were treated significantly worse than non-Muslims.

"They reported that they were more likely to have been restrained, more likely to be victimised by staff and found it more difficult to stay in touch with friends and families," says the chief inspector in a joint report with the Youth Justice Board.

Hardwick said the number of children and young inmates had continued to fall and stood at 1,543 youths aged 15 to 18.

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