A SMIRKING prisoner brazenly shows off the smuggled trappings of his gang’s cushy life behind bars in a series of shocking images that shame our failing prison system.
The swaggering lag and his mates are pictured with a hoard of banned booze, drugs, and an array of takeaway feasts.
They also show off a selection of “shopping” goodies including packs of fresh prime cuts of meat many struggling families outside the jail’s walls would struggle to afford.
The inmates, with no fear of authority, even snapped some smuggled mobile phones which prisoners are banned from using inside.
Also pictured were bodybuilding tablets and protein powders craved by inmates who spend their days working out ready for release rather than working on their rehabilitation into society.
And two of the gang, masked to avoid recognition, are shown cooking steaks on a barbecue themed party night, a change from the usual takeaway dinners smuggled in from Nando’s, Pizza Hut and KFC-style chain Dixie Chicken.
Afterwards there were bottles of vodka to wash it down, and bags of what appears to be cannabis, complete with weighing scales, to add to the entertainment, said to be a karaoke night.
The show-offs then sent the snaps out to pals on social media.
The images will raise further criticism of the ailing prison system which costs taxpayers at least £40,000 per inmate each year.
Levels of violence are up, staff numbers are down and complaints about discipline and overcrowding are widespread.
Last night victims’ rights campaigner Harry Fletcher was furious when shown the scandalous pictures.
He said: “This will appear completely wrong to victims of all crime.”
The Sunday Mirror was shown the snaps by a source who was outraged at being sent them.
The source said: “I know people talk about going for a cheeky Nando’s – but this really is something else.
“These pictures look more like something from a students’ union than a prison. It really is holiday camp stuff. What’s worse is some prison staff are so hard up they can barely afford to take their families for a Nando’s.
“So it is particularly galling to see these criminals enjoying a slap-up dinner. They are clearly better off than many people outside. And you have to ask how they got the money to buy all this stuff.”
A main Nando’s meal of half a chicken
BADDIES’ GOODS Lag with his smuggled Pizza Hut dinner. Left: Vodka, bags of drugs and scales
SNEAKED IN Bags of suspected cannabis