One of those numbers to be very careful about:
One in five young men in jail in England and Wales is Muslim, according to a watchdog report published today.
Cue outrage except:
The report provided no information to explain the rapid increase in the proportion of teenagers saying they were Muslims.However, it could reflect the general demographic of the wider Asian community in England and Wales which is a youthful community with a large proportion of youngsters in the peak offending age range.
It could also reflect a trend towards people converting to Islam while in jail or saying they are Muslim to belong to the most influential “group”within an institution.
It could even be used to support the idea that young Muslims are being targetted to be jailed.
But what it doesn\’t prove is that young Muslims are committing more crimes than others….not given that possibility of claimed conversion once nabbed it doesn\’t.