Muslims make up less than 3% of the UK population;
One third of inmates at one of Britain’s most notorious youth jails are Muslims and the religion is attracting a large number of converts. There are 229 Muslims out of a total of 686 youngsters detained at Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution in West London, according to Ministry of Justice figures. There are now so many worshippers at Friday prayers that they have to be split between Feltham’s mosque and its gym.Sources claim that converts are attracted by the chance of better food and a more comfortable regime. But there are also fears that some are being radicalised.
Why the over representation of young Muslims? Why the attraction to convert to Islam? Is it possible that some in-mates reckon that better food and better conditions make the transit to Islam so attractive that they are prepared to embrace it? Pragmatism over principle? Why would the food served to Muslims be better than that supplied to non-Muslims? What forces are in play here and what do they say about our judicial system?