– Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick
Young people's own perceptions of their experience in custody, their hopes and concerns, should be an important part of the evidence that shapes the future of the youth justice custody estate and youth justice policy.
These annual surveys provide an important resource for tracking these perceptions and identifying progress made and work still to be done. The voice that comes through these statistics is largely realistic but hopeful - and should not be ignored.
The proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails in England and Wales rose by more than a quarter last year, figures showed today.