YOUNG MUSLIM PRISON POPULATION RISES BY OVER 25%

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The number 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%) in young offender institutions (YOIs) identified themselves as Muslim in 2011/12, compared with 13% in 2009/10 and 16% 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%, from 39% in 2010/11, according to the report by the chief inspector of prisons.

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