Let’s say you’re a vegan, and you happen to find yourself on the wrong side of the law. You’re thrown in jail and when mealtime rolls around, you’re served, say, a hot dog with some overcooked green beans on the side. What do you do? Is it possible that the prison staff would actually accommodate your request for vegan food?
Well, that depends on the prison. Some prisons keep a soy-based substance on hand that they can easily rehydrate when needed (or some other type of “special diet” meal), but this creates extra work for the prisoners working in the kitchen, which won’t be good news for you (it’s also gross). Most prisons will allow you to pay to order certain foods, but vegan options aren’t exactly plentiful; you can also barter with fellow inmates in the cafeteria to at least compile enough beans and non-meat items to fill you up.
In short, if you want to eat vegan in prison you’re just going to have to make the most of what you’re given. But honestly, if you find yourself locked up you should probably just eat what you’re fed, and spend the rest of your time considering the life choices you’ve made that don’t involve your diet.