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Inmate Shares Photos Of Prison Meals And Says He'd 'Rather Starve'

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Inmate Shares Photos Of Prison Meals And Says He'd 'Rather Starve'

An inmate at a UK prison has been photographing his meals and sending them to a newspaper, claiming they are 'worse than dog food'.

The unnamed man, who is banged up in category C HMP Risley in Warrington, sent a series of photos to the Manchester Evening News depicting a range of meals including fish and chips, pizza and... well, I'm not sure, actually - some kind of meat patties?

The prisoners has been sharing photos of his meals. Credit: Manchester Evening News
The prisoners has been sharing photos of his meals. Credit: Manchester Evening News

He told the paper he'd 'rather starve' than tuck into the grub and says it's worse than what might be served up to a domestic pet.

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I mean, it's fair to say none of them would do too well on Rate My Plate. Those chips...

The photos - which must have been taken and shared via an illegal, smuggled-in phone - showcase a display of rather sad-looking meals, more often than not featuring chips.

There's a lot of beige going on.

Chicken burgers, beans and chips. Credit: Manchester Evening News
Chicken burgers, beans and chips. Credit: Manchester Evening News
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One photos shows an interesting combination of chicken burgers, beans and pasta; another features pizza, beans and chips, and a third meal consists of chopped liver and chips.

The Ministry of Justice was sent the photos and replied to say that all meals on offer in UK prisons meet 'nutritional guidelines'.

A couple of omelettes. Credit: Manchester Evening News
A couple of omelettes. Credit: Manchester Evening News

In a statement, a spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: "All prisoners are offered fruit and vegetables as part of three healthy meals a day, which meet nutritional guidelines set out by the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health.

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"We are investigating these pictures and any prisoner found using a mobile can face extra time behind bars."

Fish and chips. Credit: Manchester Evening News
Fish and chips. Credit: Manchester Evening News

According to recent figures from the Ministry of Justice, £2.02 is allocated to feed each prisoner per day.

The photos were shared just days after it was revealed inmates at Wrexham's HMP Berwyn could be getting keys to their cells.

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According to a report in the Daily Post, staff will be introducing a 'knock first' approach to give inmates some privacy. It forms part of a new plan, which aims to introduce a more 'rehabilitative' focus on being inside.

The category C prison will use the Wellbeing in Prison approach, detailed in a report by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Ministry of Justice.

Pizza, beans and chips. Credit: Manchester Evening News
Pizza, beans and chips. Credit: Manchester Evening News

The report reads: "Being given the possibility to personalise their own environments has a wide range of benefits for the health and well-being of people in custody, helping to create a sense of place and identity.

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"Allowing men in custody to control atmospheric conditions like opening windows or ventilators, controlling heating... can alleviate negative well-being impacts of poor atmospheric conditions and generate a sense of self-efficacy."

Featured Image Credit: Manchester Evening News

Topics: uk news

Claire Reid
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