Young Muslim offenders on the rise
- Published on Friday, 07 December 2012 11:40
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The proportion of offenders within youth jails who are Muslim has risen sharply from 2009. The report, Children and Young People in Custody 2011-12, highlights a rise in Muslim offenders from 13% in 2009-10 to 21% in 2011-12
Chief inspector of prison Nick Hardwick found that Between 2010–11 and 2011–12, the number of young people in custody fell by 14% and now stands at 1,543,1 a sustained decline that has been visible over the last four years, with the total number of young people detained falling by over a third (from 2,365 to 1,543) across these four years.
The increase in the proportion of young men who described themselves as Muslims had accelerated – from 13% in 2009–10, to 16% in 2010–11, and to 21% in 2011–12. The perceptions of young Muslim men had improved. They were less likely to say they had felt unsafe and more likely to say they were treated with respect than in previous years. Despite this improvement, in some areas the perceptions of young Muslim men were significantly worse than those who were not Muslims. They reported that they were more likely to have been restrained, were more likely to be victimised by staff and found it more difficult to stay in touch with friends and families.