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Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency

Melanie Wong | Aug 23, 201608:59 PM

"...Gibson-Light interviewed close to 60 inmates over the course of a year at one state prison as part of a wider study on prison labor. He did not identify the prison to protect the confidentiality of the inmates.

He found that the instant soup has surpassed tobacco as the most prized currency at the prison. He also analyzed other nationwide investigations that he says found a trend towards using ramen noodles in exchanges. .."

Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency, study finds

Cost-cutting measures by private facilities have led to subpar food quality and fewer meals, making noodles a commodity that trades well above its value...

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