- One in five males (21%) in young offender institutions (YOIs) identified themselves as Muslim in 2011/12, compared with 13% in 2009/10 and 16% in 2010/11.
- The proportion of youth offenders in custody from black and minority ethnic communities also rose slightly to 42%, from 39% in 2010/11.
- The total number of young people in custody fell by 14% last year.
- Some 1,543 teenagers, aged 15 to 18, were held in YOIs by the end of 2011/12, compared with 1,822 the previous year.
- Around half (53%) of young men said that it was their first time in custody.
- Now 231 young offender places have been decommissioned to reflect the decreasing size of the population.
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