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Calls for inquiry as figures show 27% of London's prisoners are Muslim

Research: shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan obtained the data (Picture: Alex Lentati)

More than a quarter of London’s prison population are Muslims, prompting urgent calls for an inquiry into what is happening in the justice system.

Official figures have revealed that record levels of Muslim people are serving jail sentences and that the numbers are still growing. Across England and Wales the proportion has risen from eight per cent a decade ago to 14 per cent now.

In London, the figure is an “astonishing” 27 per cent, which is more than double the 12 per cent of the capital’s population who are Muslim. In two prisons, Feltham and Isis, a third of the inmates were Muslim.

The data was obtained by Sadiq Khan, the lawyer and shadow justice secretary who is himself a Muslim. He told the Evening Standard that an inquiry was vital to explain why the increase is happening.

“What’s really worrying is the rise, year after year, in the number of Muslims behind bars,” he said, adding: “We need to know why that’s the case if we’re to stop this rising further, reduce crime and prevent people needlessly becoming victims.”

Half of the top 10 prisons with the highest Muslim populations are in London, including Belmarsh, where the percentage has risen since 2010 from 19 to 29 per cent, Brixton (24 per cent), Pentonville (28 per cent), Thameside (25 per cent) and Wormwood Scrubs (27 per cent).

Mr Khan accused the Government of sitting on its hands after a 2010 call by the Chief Inspector of Prisons for a National Strategy to deal with the growing numbers of Muslims behind bars.

He said: “Four years on and ministers have ignored this call. The Government is utterly clueless about what to do about this growing problem. This is a waste of human talent and a huge drain on the hard-pressed taxpayer.”

Higher offending rates is only one of many possible reasons why the prison population is higher for some groups of the population. Other explanations could be that Muslims are more frequently caught and prosecuted, or sentenced to longer prison terms compared with other offenders.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We have already implemented many of the recommendations from the 2010 report.”

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Higher offending rates is only one of many possible reasons why the prison population is higher for some groups of the population. Other explanations could be that Muslims are more frequently caught and prosecuted, or sentenced to longer prison terms compared with other offenders.

Yes, that's right!  The poor Muslims are being locked up by Islamophobic police!  We should just let them groom, rape and pimp another 10,000 young non-Muslim girls (official estimate from CROP).  After all, they are superior to us, the 'worst of creatures'.  We should learn our place and stop complaining.

Lots of contrary evidence to that:

  • 10,000 victims of grooming gangs, but no prosecutions against muslims for 25 years
  • no prosecutions against the 300,000 (mostly) muslims who committed FGM
  • devout muslim who raped a schoolgirl not given a prison sentence
  • imam who raped a schoolgirl not given a prison sentence

All indications are that the police/legal profession have treated muslims with leniency


Alan Lake said:

Higher offending rates is only one of many possible reasons why the prison population is higher for some groups of the population. Other explanations could be that Muslims are more frequently caught and prosecuted, or sentenced to longer prison terms compared with other offenders.

Yes, that's right!  The poor Muslims are being locked up by Islamophobic police!  We should just let them groom, rape and pimp another 10,000 young non-Muslim girls (official estimate).  After all, they are superior to us, the 'worst of creatures'.  We should learn our place and stop complaining.

'More than a quarter of London’s prison population are Muslims, prompting urgent calls for an inquiry into what is happening in the justice system.'

why assume something is wrong with the justice system? The prison system may be the first posting for a jihadist and the foundation of dar al Islam.

How much money is going to be wasted trying to figure out that Islam teaches Muslims to dis-respect kaffirs and kaffir society?

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