From the Telegraph:
"Vegan prisoners have won the right to order ethically-sourced food, toiletries and cosmetics in jail.
They will be allowed to buy in products including nuts, seeds, dried fruits, vegan chocolate bars, soap, shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen, lipstick and facial scrubs after prison chiefs agreed to allow them to place mail order requests to two “eco-outlets.
A spokesman for the Vegan Prisoners Support Group insisted it was 'critical' for the health of vegans that they have access to suitable food.
He said: 'Vegan prisoners have had very limited access to vegan products through prison shops. Our recommendations were for basic vegan hygiene and bodycare products like a vegan soap bar, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deodorant and toothpaste. In addition we recommended a vegan chocolate bar, sweet and savoury vegan biscuit, a protein source such as Nuttolene or braised tofu, vegan spread, cheese alternative, soya yoghurt, flavoured soya drink and fortified soya milk.'"
Now, imagine that you - a normal person - are arrested, charged, convicted and sent to prison. Do you think you'll be able to pick and choose which chocolate bar you have, which shampoo you have, or be fussy about your cheese alternatives? No, you'll be given slop, gruel and buggered in the shower while bending over to get the standard shampoo. An unnamed source at HMP Exeter has it right:
"These guys are crooks. They are in prison to serve time. We can't be running around making sure they have the right sun cream or that they have the one brazil nut or selection of walnuts to make sure they get enough vitamins.
They gave up any rights to have principals when they robbed the old lady, burgled a house, smuggled cocaine or beat someone up."