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Prisoners: Islam

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners in each high security prison in each of the last five years were Muslim. (253160)

Figures showing the numbers and percentages of Muslim prisoners in each high security prison establishment in England and Wales on 30 June each year can be found in the following table.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Numbers and proportions of Muslim prisoners by each high security prison, June 2004 - June 2008.

Prison

Muslim prisoners

Percentage of total

30 June 2004

Belmarsh

147

16

Frankland

56

8

Full Sutton

82

14

Long Lartin

58

13

Manchester

112

9

Wakefield

26

5

Whitemoor

74

18

Woodhill

85

11

Total Muslim prisoners

640

Total all prisoners

5,547

Muslims as percentage of all

12

30 June 2005

Belmarsh

145

16

Frankland

63

9

Full Sutton

85

14

Long Lartin

67

15

Manchester

126

10

Wakefield

32

6

Whitemoor

75

17

Woodhill

93

12

Total Muslim prisoners

686

Total all prisoners

5,615

Muslims as percentage of all

12

30 June 2006

Belmarsh

154

17

Frankland

73

10

Full Sutton

82

14

Long Lartin

91

21

Manchester

171

14

Wakefield

51

7

Whitemoor

73

17

Woodhill

107

14

Total Muslim prisoners

802

Total all prisoners

5,802

Muslims as percentage of all

14

30 June 2007

Belmarsh

175

19

Frankland

73

10

Full Sutton

77

13

Long Lartin

105

24

Manchester

159

13

Wakefield

61

8

Whitemoor

94

20

Woodhill

114

14

Total Muslim prisoners

858

Total all prisoners

5,917

Muslims as percentage of all

15

30 June 2008

Belmarsh

181

20

Frankland

60

8

Full Sutton

109

19

Long Lartin

106

24

Manchester

144

12

Wakefield

66

9

Whitemoor

140

34

Woodhill

113

14

Total Muslim prisoners

919

Total all prisoners

5,828

Muslims as percentage of all

16