World Bulletin / News Desk
An investigation into British prisons has revealed that over a quarter of prisoners in the London are Muslims, more than double their population proportion in the UK capital.
Data collected by lawyer and shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan revealed that even though Muslims made up just 12% of the population of London, they made up for 27% of the city's prison population.
Furthermore, it was noted that while Muslims in the UK constitute 4.8% of the population according to a 2011 census, 14% of inmates in the country are Muslims. This is up from 6% a decade ago.
“What’s really worrying is the rise, year after year, in the number of Muslims behind bars,” Sadiq Khan told the Evening Standard.
“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,” he added.
Khan also accused the authorities of not doing enough to deal with the problem, sayin “Four years on and ministers have ignored this call. The Government is utterly clueless about what to do about this growing problem.”
The new findings raise questions over the proportion of Muslims prosecuted and sentenced in comparison to non-Muslims, as well as the length of their sentences.
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