In less than a decade, there has been a radical shift in France's prison population, a shift that officials and experts say poses a monumental challenge.
Despite making up only 10 percent of the population, Muslims account for most of the country's inmates and a growing percentage of the prison populations in many other European countries, an indication of their place at the bottom of the Continent's hierarchy.
France's prison population has risen by 20 percent in the past three years, largely because of aggressive pursuit of lower-level crimes. The proportion of Muslims in prison has been growing even faster, reflecting the relative youth of Europe's largely Muslim immigrants. While there are no official data on issues of race and ethnicity in much of Europe - it is in fact illegal to keep such data in many places - experts on prison populations agree on the new disproportion of Muslims here and elsewhere.
Note how exact data is not available. The anti-empiricism of the politically correct is therefore a problem that extends throughout the West and is even more extensive in Europe than it is in America. In America a lot of the data comparing groups is collected but then either ignored or explained away. But you can come to understand a great many unpleasant facts if you want to put your mind to it. However, in America social science work that is likely to uncover unpleasant truths (e.g. psychometrics research) receives little funding in order that the unpleasant truths remain semi-plausibly deniable.
In Europe the data is not collected at all or kept secret by governments. Some government reports from Europe fabricate false facts to hide the truth about problems with Muslims. I have seen claims translated from the German press that in Germany the Turkish immigrants supposedly lag the native Germans in educational attainment, income, employment rates, and a whole host of other indicators while the Turks have higher crime rates and assorted other social pathologies. But the government is keen not to let all that get spelled out with detailed quantitative comparative studies of various subpopulations in Germany. But the facts do not go away just because they are denied and hidden.
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