Jails across the country should follow the lead of Phoenix and go vegan; it boosts inmates health, cuts budgets and saves animals. Jails are full of people wanting to change; learning healthier habits and embracing compassion and empathy are a great way to do that. Eliminating meat saves Phoenix taxpayers over $200,000 a year, and provides healthier meals. Last week the federal panel that makes dietary guidelines recommended a vegan diet for the first time. Vegetarians are less prone to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.You can get all the protein and calcium you need from a vegan diet, without artery-clogging animal fat.