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No, I'm not a jailed activist, nor am I connected to any. I got a new job and am now a certified Juvenile Detention Officer. Things are fine, but I have to eat lunch at work, while this may not sound like a problem it actually is. The catch of eating lunch at work is that I'm in an institution so there are no options of competing entities which you may find at most cafeterias, and it's a secure facility so I cannot bring in my own food for lunch. I have to eat what the cafeteria serves. So basically I'm faced with eating school lunches from elementary school again (the food is the same pretty much). I've put in a request for a vegan lunch today so I'll keep ya'll updated about that.

 

I'm curious if anyone on the forum has dealt with similar conditions. I've looked into the correctional system feeding vegans and the search results were not very good so I'm not too hopeful about my request. But don't be too down. I can bring food and eat it during my 2 breaks in the breakroom which might actually be better on a multiple meals per day type plan. My shift is 2p-10p so I'm really just missing dinner anyhow.

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Hello, this may not be of any use to you, but this group may well be worth getting in contact with.

 

http://vpsg.info/index.html

 

They are a UK group, and are there for the benefit of prisoners as opposed to the guards, but, they could still give you some good info to pass onto the catering manager. A vegan meal for the whole prison maybe ? Even once a week would be good ?

 

http://vpsg.info/docs/rep/CIP2007.8.11.pdf

 

This is a booklet that has been produced with the cooperation of several prisons and the Home Office (govt dept in charge of prisons), and meets vegan nutritional requirements. Could be adapted to meet US requirements ?

 

Congratulations and good luck with the new job

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well they declined the request to accommodate me food wise but I might be allowed to get a little extra time to eat food I bring in. I do need to find out what they put in the side stuff like broccoli and sometimes there are beans and rice to eat. In the letter I listed things not on a vegan diet and the head food service dude said most of that is what they serve.

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Congratulations on your new job. I was a CJ major in college, worked in the system some but went into private work. Ended up leaving the CJ area for Computers though lol

 

But hey too bad the cafeteria won't accommodate you, I am not surprised at all, I am sure the prison food comes in big huge cans like you mentioned the food we had in school. I can also see why they won't let you bring your own food in, DUH lol But hopefully you can work something out. Good Luck!

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The reason I can bring food for a break is that I leave the secured area to take a break. So there I can have "outside" food. Lunch is to be eaten in the cafeteria with the residents I supervise, and I am also not allowed to have food around them which is not served in the facility. Once I get my actual shift things will be better. I'm on OJT right now but my shift will probably be 2-10 which means I'll only have to sit through one meal. Right now I sit through 2. The only thing that is probably vegan is the serving of fruit the kids get, but I do believe i'm obligated to take a tray full of food whether or not I intend to eat whatever it is on the tray, so I may just forgo ever eating anything at the cafeteria. I was hoping I could get some accommodation though and some kids would probably go veg at least in my presence. One reason I believe this is that one of my first days we went to the cafeteria and it was a hamburger day. Some of the staff called them soy burgers (and there was the usual soy feminization comment made from the usual out of shape loudmouth). Anyhow if these were boca burgers or anything related to that then the blood coming from these things might have been a surprise. Kids didn't eat them, staff did...go figure. Anyways one kid walked by saying that they shouldn't be eating meat anyhow. And that was not the first time I dealt with a veg leaning person behind bars. I worked at a transitional facility in Illinois and one person on my caseload claimed to be a vegetarian, but acknowledged how hard it is to follow such a diet while locked up.

 

 

Next item on my list is AM workouts. Gotta adjust to those!

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