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Proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails rises by more than a quarter as one in five offenders say they follow faith
- Proportion of youth offenders in custody from black and minority ethnic communities also rose slightly to 42 per cent
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 02:59 GMT, 7 December 2012 | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 7 December 2012
The proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails in England and Wales rose by more than a quarter last year, figures showed today.
One in five males (21 per cent) in young offender institutions identified themselves as Muslim in 2011/12, compared with 13 per cent in 2009/10 and 16 per cent in 2010/11, the annual review of children and young people in custody showed.
The proportion of youth offenders in custody from black and minority ethnic communities also rose slightly to 42 per cent, from 39 per cent in 2010/11, according to the report by the chief inspector of prisons.
The study, published jointly with the Youth Justice Board, showed the total number of young people in custody fell by 14 per cent last year.
Some 1,543 teenagers, aged 15 to 18, were held in YOIs by the end of 2011/12, compared with 1,822 the previous year. Around half (53 per cent) of young men said that it was their first time in custody.
Now 231 young offender places have been decommissioned to reflect the decreasing size of the population.
Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector of prisons, has now called on young people’s perceptions of their experiences in custody to help shape youth justice policy.
He voiced concern that the proportion of young people who had felt unsafe at some time in custody had risen from 27 per cent in 2010/11 to 32 per cent last year.
A quarter (25 per cent) of young men said they had been victimised by another young person at their establishment and 23 per cent said they had been victimised by a member of staff.