FELTHAM Young Offenders Institution has reacted to a report from a youth charity which claims young British Muslim ex-offenders are more likely to re-offend.
The Muslim Youth Helpline released a statement on Monday (March 21) saying 48 per cent of young Muslim ex-offenders will not contact services to support them upon leaving prison, making them more likely to re-offend.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, speaking on behalf of the Feltham prison, said re-offending by juveniles is taken "extremely seriously" and that a consultation on plans to break the cycle of crime has been recently completed.
A spokesman for the charity said: "Young British Muslim Ex-offenders and Resettlement Needs’ is the latest report produced by the Muslim Youth Helpline to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young Muslims ex-offenders. Its conclusions are stark and simple, repeat Muslim offenders all assert that if they had received additional support from either their probation officer, prison staff member or a member of their own community they would have been less likely to re-offend."
Akeela Ahmed, chief executive of the Muslim Youth Helpline, said: "This is a worrying finding as it highlights that young British Muslim ex- offenders probably do not know where to turn to for help and support after leaving prison."
The report by Iman Said was launched at the House of Lords on Monday (March 21), hosted by Lord Nazir Ahmed.
Muslim Youth Helpline helps to bridge the gap between young Muslim offenders and wider society through individual messages of support from community members to young Muslim offenders.
When asked about the report and how it relates to practices at the Feltham prison, the Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "We take re-offending by juveniles extremely seriously. The Government is clear that youth re-offending rates must be tackled and we are determined to reduce them. We have just completed a consultation on plans to break the cycle of crime, protect the public from dangerous offenders and reform criminals to stop them offending again. This includes young offenders. We will be setting out our plans to take this forward soon."
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