Ramen Replacing Cigarettes as Preferred Prison Currency Among Inmates

Aug 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm |

Use Your Noodle

We’ve all seen it: Prison movies where tobacco is as good as gold among inmates. And in the past, it wasn’t far from fact.

While smoking and tobacco possession was banned in US prisons through various legislation in 2006 and 2014, contraband and homemade cigarettes were still available in prisons across the country and still maintained their buying, selling, and bartering power as always.

But now there’s a new currency in town.

Ramen and other instant noodles are becoming as good as gold, according to a new study, but sadly, it has less to do with the legality or health risks of tobacco and more to do with poor living and eating conditions behind bars.

ramen noodle prison cells

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You are what you eat.

“One way or another, everything in prison is about money,” one prisoner said in the report. “Soup is money in here. It’s sad but true.”