Figures show rise of over 80 per cent, with violence the most common offence
The number of Jews in prison has increased by 82 per cent since 2002, nearly four times more than the national rate, the JC can reveal. Ministry of Justice figures show that as of June this year, there are currently 327 people registered as Jewish incarcerated in jails in England and Wales. This is nearly double the equivalent figure 13 years ago, when there were 179 Jewish inmates.
The overall prison population has gone up by 21 per cent in the same period, to 86,300.
This disproportionate rise is further emphasised by census statistics, which show that the number of Jews in England and Wales went up from 2001 to 2011 by 3,419 — or 1.3 per cent.
The most common crime Jews were convicted of was violence against another person, with nearly one-third of convicts serving time for the offence. This is more than twice the rate in the general population, which stands at 13 per cent.
Though Jews committed proportionately much less theft than the wider population, three times more members of the community were convicted for sexual offences and twice as many for robbery (theft by means of force or fear).
Jewish offenders were also more likely to be guilty of drug offences or fraud than the average convict.