Goth lags moan they ‘have a right’ to be given dark lipstick in UK prisons

Griping goth prisoners are campaigning to get access to their spooky make-up and black clobber in jail.

The Marilyn Manson-style inmates are huffing they don’t have the option to buy nail varnish, lipstick, knee-high boots and flowing black tops inside – despite claiming they get beatings for the way they look.

One con at category B men’s nick HMP Altcourse, Liverpool, said of being stripped of their identity behind bars: “I am a Goth and being a Goth is hard enough due to insults and physical attacks just because we look and dress differently.

“I think prisons should do more for Goths, like support groups for us.

“There is no support let alone anything offered for us in prison. We shouldn’t have to change how we are just because prisons won’t allow us to dress in certain clothes, have lipstick, nail varnish and other stuff, we should have a right to be who we are.

“I have brought this up with staff and they don’t even care.”

The lag submitted his whinge in a letter to prisoners’ newspaper Inside Time.

He also tried to tug on heart strings by claiming he had attempted to start a charity inside to raise cash for the foundation set up in memory of murdered Sophie Lancaster.

Self-proclaimed goth Sophie, 20, died after she and boyfriend Robert Maltby, 21, were battered in 2007 by a gang of drunken yobs as the couple walked through the small Lancashire town of Bacup.

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The prisoner said: “I even asked if I could do anything to raise money for the charity the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, but they still don’t care.

“So, I would like to come out publicly in the hope that other people feel the same about this and, hopefully, prisons may do something about the matter.”

Transgender prisoners are thought to have access to women’s clothes and beauty products when they are held in male jails.

In the UK’s female lock-ups, inmates have been able to buy make-up from an Avon catalogue circulated once a month.

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It’s reserved for “enhanced prisoners” who have more privileges for sustained good behaviour.

The restriction has led prisoners to use vinegar instead of toner and oatmeal as DIY facemasks.

Lags have also substituted watercolour paints for eyeshadow and eyeliner, and haemorrhoid cream as anti-wrinkle lotion.

The Prisons & Probation Ombudsman, Ministry of Justice and HMP Altcourse have been contacted for comment by the Daily Star about the goth complaints and for confirmation on UK prison policies on make-up and clothing access for male inmates.

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