Why ramen is so valuable in prison

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Instant ramen noodles have become like cash among inmates in the US.
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Cash is illegal in prisons. And that means everything from tuna to stamps to cigarettes have their own unique value in a trade and barter market.
But ramen has quickly taken over as the most in demand products the prison system offers.
Watch this video to see how ramen took over prison economies and why it’s the default item for trade among inmates.
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14-Noy, 2018

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ajdin omeragic
ajdin omeragic 3 soat oldin
Yea mom I want 50 packs of ramen. No I am not insane that stuf is worth lick 5$ in prison per pack !
TheLegendAX 99
TheLegendAX 99 6 soat oldin
I literally thought that Brooklyn nine nine made this up for the prison episode😂😂😂 I didn't realize that it was a real thing
Jillian Angel
Jillian Angel 8 soat oldin
They feed full grown men in prison the little school lunches they give to pre schoolers.
Ral Quo
Ral Quo Kun oldin
Naruto will have a good time in jail 😂
Арчи Барбос
I dont actually believe in any of this trash....
ElbigboY Kun oldin
100% True
Sk0lzkiy Kun oldin
This guy could probably make a degree on economics real fast, all the research is basically done already :D
Jumbo Kun oldin
Food per student: $1.50 Prisoner: $1.77
Ch Pe
Ch Pe Kun oldin
Because Kali Muscle eats 12 of them a day.
loki lastname
loki lastname Kun oldin
Ay I got two trays for a bag of chips and soups
Dimentive Kun oldin
I don’t like ramen.
Daxlaxx Kun oldin
anything from the commissary is cash
Chris Pell Bois
Chris Pell Bois Kun oldin
this video was interesting , but what shocked me the most is an inmate complaining about the food that's given in prison isn't enough to live on , well duh …. you're not suppose to be able to eat more than a free man/women ...
Penguinlover 2k19
Penguinlover 2k19 2 kun oldin
This sounds fake Or just weird I don't know
Joxspice 2 kun oldin
TAY-K is definitely eating good noodles everyday😂😂
CheezyDrool 2 kun oldin
I thought it would be condoms being valuable in prison because of all the buttsex they must get.
Lydomina 2 kun oldin
We don't have a food problem here at Monroe, do we?
Lydomina 2 kun oldin
Maruchan Ramen > Nissin Top Ramen
Codeine tears
Codeine tears 2 kun oldin
7 seconds into the video and i went to make me 2 bags of ramen just to flex on inmates
Gecko o
Gecko o 2 kun oldin
So... they control the price of ramen in the same way that the united states controls the price of gold, holy shut, that would be great if they weren't, you know, in jail.
DARRYL P DUNCAN 2 kun oldin
Ramen soups are available in all Federal Prisons for 30 Cents each. The food there is so tampered with by the inmate cooks that many live all their Time on these soups. They value only 25 Cents each on the compounds when used in trade. You may take a Chili Flavor pack from a soup and sprinkle it over your popcorn for a unique taste. Many people eat them dry, like potato chips. I keep cases of them now here in the Free World. In the prisons we had Texas Beef flavor which I liked best but here in Fayetteville TN where I live they only have Beef. The Texas Beef has those seeds to make them hot tasting. There in the prisons average jobs pay only $12,50 a month for those without a GED and this covers the entire amount of money you have for your hygiene and other needs, so you will want an easily affordable food because the prisons Lock Down whenever there is a fight. A lockdown may last 1-3 months of just being trapped within your own cell and eating just the paper sack meals served then. Those sacks contain a bologna sandwich and a small package of cookies. The greatest want of all prisoners is coffee, even the people who do not drink it. During a Lockdown people like me will put $30.00 into your account for a single $2.00 bag of coffee. The soups you will always already have. Looking at who supplies the products sold in the Commissary's, the peoples who have a hand in owning the prisons and/or stock in those products , you will find George Bush Sr. at the top of that list. You will find that most products sold come from the Keefe Corporation and that the Bush's have a hand in that ownership too. You will find many of the most wealthy and influential peoples of Society have a hand in the products sold to all prisoners.
West Kennemer
West Kennemer 2 kun oldin
My sister eats ramen because she likes it :)
Jason Williams
Jason Williams 2 kun oldin
Doesn't this just show how 3rd world the US justice system is?
STAN-LEE -SAM 3 kun oldin
James Suber
James Suber 3 kun oldin
INMATE 1:yo man hit me up with that hat INMATE 2:sure that will be 2 top ramens INMATE 1:"passes ramen" INMATE 2:dude thats 3 INMATE 1:can you give me the change INMATE 2:ok here is your 1 ramen and 48 noodles enjoy
FreedomSlaves 3 kun oldin
Cause you starve locked up with out store.
Devin Lin
Devin Lin 3 kun oldin
a prison make their meals .56 cents and ramen sometimes only cost .56 cents why cant they just give them ramen?
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler 3 kun oldin
Its really bad for you if you eat it will cause early death and health problems.
SILENCE 2 kun oldin
uhhh boring
ScreenName 3 kun oldin
Fun fact aramark provides my old uni residence food
Hummingbird Journey
Wow food reavels the wealth of a society even in prison
Zzygyy 3 kun oldin
Barter system
macsnafu 3 kun oldin
Gee, it's like a commodity used for indirect exchange is money. Imagine that. And the value of that currency is determined by the subjective value the prisoners place on it. Wow. If Vox isn't careful, they may have to reluctantly admit to some important but basic principles of economics.
Jason 3 kun oldin
Even trash western brand ramen can go for $2 in prison. Doesn't that mean that good asian brand ramens can go for $4 at the least?
Zzygyy 3 kun oldin
They don't sell quality ramen in comisary
azurequincy 3 kun oldin
Booty is more important than Ramen .
oceso 4 kun oldin
its literally like money in prison, because you can use it as money. insightful insight
Fact: Beagles Are Best
“It’s literally gold”... no. It not. I hate when people misuse this word.
Ro Ku
Ro Ku 3 kun oldin
"Literally" is literally the most overused word.
Dave Lahr
Dave Lahr 4 kun oldin
Its like gold in the prison system, but it does not solidify and turn into gold in the prison system........it would be sweet though
Melina Sartorius
Melina Sartorius 4 kun oldin
And we actually got decent rations unless your in the hole then you just get a small trey it’s bullshitb
Melina Sartorius
Melina Sartorius 4 kun oldin
I did 4 years and I was so sick of ramen... you could get a rack of 24 for like 12 dollars in Oregon
PiJellyPin 4 kun oldin
Y'all got any more of those ramen packs?
0 4 kun oldin
Naruto's favourite food
L L 4 kun oldin
OMG, I would definitely run the prison if ramen was currency. I bet the DOC would have a limit if what can be sent in though.
Flamin 4 kun oldin
In short: ramen is valuable in prisons because prisoners are being underfed. Which is pretty damn awful.
EpicChocolate 2 kun oldin
Flamin they get a warm room with food they really should be working for life or execution
Zzygyy 3 kun oldin
Given enough food to survive.
Calamity 4 kun oldin
There's an economy like this in the video game community for Team Fortress 2. There are two items in that game, crates and keys. Crates can hold valuable items and crates are randomly given to players systematically, and you can buy a key to open it. The game also holds a trading system so you can trade weapon-skins and hats. So Keys became an alternate currency over a Hat for a Hat. You get keys by buying them or selling hats for keys, then you use those keys to assist on trading and bargaining for the hats and cosmetics you want. So instead of just burning pure money on TF2 hats, players used the trade-system provided from Steam to cheapen the cost with this economy.
Mark Juarez
Mark Juarez 5 kun oldin
Other than the statistics, I'd say this video is about 50% accurate.
Mark Juarez
Mark Juarez 2 kun oldin
I'm sorry, I can't read this.
Jammin Clemmons
Jammin Clemmons 2 kun oldin
* *Mrs. Juarez* * - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!
Mark Juarez
Mark Juarez 5 kun oldin
Which is pretty accurate considering it was made by people who haven't done time.
yuch1102 5 kun oldin
Why all they eat is maruchan ramen? Get them some shin ramyun
Eureka Akerue
Eureka Akerue 5 kun oldin
Hard Boiled
Hard Boiled 6 kun oldin
_First step on world domination plans, bring a truck of ramen to a prison and become the ramen king_
Zhi Han Lee
Zhi Han Lee 6 kun oldin
Somehow this video reminded me of the difference between Japanese & Korean ramen
Ghastly Gibbus
Ghastly Gibbus 6 kun oldin
1.77 dollars per meal? Pfff In my country, a soldier's meal budget per day is roughly 3 US dollars.
Zzygyy 3 kun oldin
Prisoners and soldiers Two different types of people
Topsoil Depletion Awareness (closing the loop)
I am vegan and have a picky diet. What would I eat if I were to go in prison?
puro catio
puro catio 2 kun oldin
+Jammin Clemmons what?
Jammin Clemmons
Jammin Clemmons 2 kun oldin
+puro catio * *Mrs. Catio* * - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!
puro catio
puro catio 4 kun oldin
You would be pretty much screwed. They already underfeed people with normal diets, so i dont think they would go out of their way to accommodate for your diet.
alejandro bermudez
alejandro bermudez 6 kun oldin
i held the world record for monkeynuts in TGK a prison in Miami
Gwee Jia Han
Gwee Jia Han 6 kun oldin
sniff the powder like a drug. yea you know it. sniff sniff
Phiiiiiiiiiiiii 6 kun oldin
0:31 when this guy says a favor, I thought he meant shanking somebody or somethin
Muhd Fikri Saman
Muhd Fikri Saman 7 kun oldin
this reminded me of the show Brooklyn Nine Nine
MsDivale 7 kun oldin
Base line: USA's prison system is cruel torture and not about rehabilitation.
Jammin Clemmons
Jammin Clemmons 2 kun oldin
* *MisterDivale* * - You poo an the kaka comes! ( ? ) ??????? - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!
EpicChocolate 2 kun oldin
MsDivale how stupid could you be, most countries criminals receive forced labor or death we treat them way better than they deserve
EpicChocolate 2 kun oldin
MsDivale it’s not petty revenge you fucktard
Zzygyy 3 kun oldin
+MsDivale revenge? Are you serious? It's called punishment for conviction.
MsDivale 3 kun oldin
+Zzygyy If petty revenge is all you can think about, good luck with your reoffending rates :D
Griff Barton
Griff Barton 7 kun oldin
Where can I find that book!!!!!?????!???
bigearedmouse17 7 kun oldin
Pot Noodle UK.
the true slav master
Donald Trump
Donald Trump 7 kun oldin
Dealer - Aye you lookin for some quick chickin. Prisoner - Hommie you know I can only afford that veggie. Dealer - You loyal I'll pass you a chicken if you can get me an orange. I just wasted your time can I have a like
Alex Delashmit
Alex Delashmit 7 kun oldin
Anyone eating ramen while watching this and reading comments?
Alex Delashmit
Alex Delashmit 7 kun oldin
Ramen is just so valuable in general worth more than any gold, silver and saffron.
TerminaMorte 7 kun oldin
That food looks too good, I'd like to see it cut for prisoners even further.
juselara02 7 kun oldin
Harper Lewis
Harper Lewis 8 kun oldin
What the... WHAT?
muuubiee 8 kun oldin
One important factor is that Ramen is eaten, that prevents inflation to some degree.
shane phelan
shane phelan 8 kun oldin
in Canadian prisons they feed u pretty well, u can easily gain weight on just 3 meals per day, so much so that many people trade meals for stuff, they have no stores in Canadian prisons, but oddly enough u can order pizza delivery if ur not in Max, strange eh? not yah meals are what people trade for drugs and stuff.....u could get money given to u in prison, mind u this was 15 years ago, so maybe things have changed, I know 1 thing changed after I got out, they stopped allowing smoking cigarette in prison, so now they are like gold IF u can find them, as they are bigger than drugs, so harder to sneak in, mostly only guards give cigarettes
Jammin Clemmons
Jammin Clemmons 2 kun oldin
+Zzygyy * *Mrs. Zzygyy* * - ( ? ) -- You poop to, and the kaka brings itself to the stink it had inside you! - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!
Zzygyy 3 kun oldin
Tiny country. California larger population than all of Canada
ReyJ 8 kun oldin
no, it's not literally gold. you meant it's figuratively gold.
BLAM 8 kun oldin
I am glad you touched on the miserable state of institution food. When I was locked up over a decade ago in a California county jail, the meals provided by the jail were nowhere near enough to feed full grown men. A bit before Christmas, one of the COs lost our commissary order forms so our entire block didn't have any extra food over the holidays. Everything turned upside down without ramen! I saw many healthy men spend days just shaking in their bunk due to a lack of food and I saw a few completely lose it. At first there was panic, fights, and even more hustling than usual, but after the remaining commissary ran out, the entire block was completely devoid of life for almost 2 weeks. The last guy with any commissary was making a killing off of just two bags of rice he had stashed. For Christmas that year I stayed in bed most of the day shaking from low blood sugar - at the end of the day I treated myself by licking a spoon of butter with salt on it that I had saved, no joke. I knew the food they were giving us wasn't healthy or sufficient, but I had no idea how insufficient it was until we had no supplemental food. Oh, and that same institution (which also made food for the juvenile hall nearby) served 'meat' on a regular basis that was clearly marked "NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION."
DivineProvidence 8 kun oldin
When I was in high school a police officer visited my class room to talk to us about jail. He asked the whole class who knows what the currency of inmates is? I raised my hand and said ramen! everyone laughed at me and the police officer said no I was wrong it was cigarettes. I'm glad I finally got my due thanks Vox.
Misfit 636
Misfit 636 9 kun oldin
They best be making chi chis yo
Versace Kitties
Versace Kitties 9 kun oldin
Ramen sucks
amanita333 9 kun oldin
count the weebs
Songo 9 kun oldin
Commissaries should sell other brands of ramen like MAMA and IndoMie. It'd be like higher denominations of currency in there.
cbernier3 9 kun oldin
If you trade your ramen for weed, then what you supposed to eat?
pezit 9 kun oldin
American prison system is so disgusting, looks like what I would expect from a very poor country.
pezit 2 kun oldin
+EpicChocolate And that's the opinion I would expect of an uneducated person in a poor country.
EpicChocolate 2 kun oldin
pezit prisoners don’t deserve any better
Sven Hassel
Sven Hassel 9 kun oldin
Why ramen is so valuable in prison?
TeeTee LouKy
TeeTee LouKy 5 kun oldin
+Sven Hassel if you listen to the video they answer your question about 100 times! are you slow in comprehending what is being said to you? Or maybe you're just eight or nine years old?
vangrails 5 kun oldin
+Sven Hassel I assume that everyone is hungry.
Sven Hassel
Sven Hassel 5 kun oldin
+TeeTee LouKy Why though?
TeeTee LouKy
TeeTee LouKy 8 kun oldin
Listen to the video! What is wrong with you?
random YouTuber who occasionally makes a point
Why is this college educated broad telling me about prison
Veselin Grancharov
Veselin Grancharov 9 kun oldin
WTF, why does it say I am subscribed to this channel after I unsubscribed 6 moths ago ? What are you paying to you tube Vox ?
Amakusa Amane
Amakusa Amane 9 kun oldin
Nah, indomie is much better
Rival Abu Hanifah
Rival Abu Hanifah 9 kun oldin
Hi Indomie and Mie Sedap, its time to export your noodles to US prison
High Ground
High Ground 9 kun oldin
Prisoner: gets limited edition flavored ramen Same prisoner: I AM NOW TOP RAMEN!
Anthony Plaza
Anthony Plaza 9 kun oldin
Force prisons to sell VitaRamen a new healthy alternative made by a chinese college graduate. Full of minerals.
seqka711 9 kun oldin
It's terrible that these prisoners aren't getting fed enough. Just because they broke the law doesn't mean we shouldn't treat them like human beings, and the fact that they suffer for the sake of someone's bottom line is disgusting.
EpicChocolate 2 kun oldin
seqka711 well the fact that they made someone else suffer is enough that they don’t deserve any better if it were up to me I’d exterminate criminals
Zzygyy 3 kun oldin
Prison is a deterent. Prison time is a deterent. Don't do the crime unless you prepared to do the time.
Rekken and Yu
Rekken and Yu 10 kun oldin
My mom and dad sent about 30 packs of ramen a month to my uncle in prison, and I don't think they realized the value of it then. He must have been the kingpin lmao
Mark Juarez
Mark Juarez Kun oldin
Some places might allow it but I've never heard of or seen it. I'd think they'd want you'd to buy all your stuff from them.
Rekken and Yu
Rekken and Yu Kun oldin
+Pesco there are prison 'stores' you can order specific items from to send to inmates
Pesco Kun oldin
You cant send food into prison wtf
loki lastname
loki lastname Kun oldin
No they don't you can't send in ramen you can put money on his books
Mark Juarez
Mark Juarez 4 kun oldin
+Big Don unfortunately I have lost a lot of time of my life for doing stuff that I regret and a lot of my family and friends have lost even more through incarceration. I use my real name not a username or whatever. That means you can look me up yourself. Have you done time? Do you think doing they did a good job describing how stuff is?
Hrothgar O' Dhughaill
In Oregon, stamped envelopes where the top "currency" over just about anything else..with the exception of seasonal/holiday food items.
YuZaneX 10 kun oldin
Rich kid: HAHAHA you are so poor you only have Ramen in ur storage! *punches kid* Poor kid: Did you know that ramen is actually valuable? Rich kid: Lier Poor kid:in prison that is.. xD Rich kid: where's proof *sirens* Poor kid: if u want to see proof then you'd better follow the officer Rich kid: oh F*CK!
LENIN 10 kun oldin
After prison show anyone?
Just Josh
Just Josh 10 kun oldin
I wonder how many ex-prisoners are running around with Microeconomics degrees...
SarcasticLampr4y 10 kun oldin
Make weed legal so you reduce your inmate count by millions, oh wait, now prisons are private and about profit, well done. USA.
WolfGaming 10 kun oldin
Rishika Chutani
Rishika Chutani 10 kun oldin
3.14 Rajhma Chawal😁
Kaitek Jay
Kaitek Jay 10 kun oldin
pimp gon be eatin good noodles erry day
david nichols
david nichols 10 kun oldin
I thought prisoners were provided everything they need. Doesn't a commissary lead to competition for goods and fights?
liam firlej
liam firlej 11 kun oldin
when did Ramen become instant noodles ?
Feather Weighted
Feather Weighted 11 kun oldin
As a Corrections Officer I call bs. The most valuable item I think is stamps; at .50 cents a piece and super small, thats the currency. Not a .23 cent Ramen.
Jammin Clemmons
Jammin Clemmons 2 kun oldin
* *Mrs. Weighted* * - You poo poo too, and the kaka inside is the smell that comes from the insides of YOU! And nobody here. - Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!
Feather Weighted
Feather Weighted 10 kun oldin
Keegan Sanders Guess it just depends what Unit you're in, but thats not how it is in Texas
Keegan Sanders
Keegan Sanders 10 kun oldin
coming from someone who has spent a year in jail and has ran a store in jail.. Ramen is 100% the currency standard. In the jails I have been in, stamps were very rarely used as currency. Ramen on commissary is 75¢ a piece while stamps or prestamped envelopes are 60¢. Everyone has to eat, but not everyone has people to send letters to.
Dr. Danish
Dr. Danish 11 kun oldin
2.3 million in Prison? woah... Land of the free huh?....
TeeTee LouKy
TeeTee LouKy 8 kun oldin
Yeah it is land of the free! we have 350 million people here! What do you want all the criminals running around free killing and raping?
Virginia Harp
Virginia Harp 11 kun oldin
I already knew this thanks to After Prison Show.
Knuckles #2761
Knuckles #2761 11 kun oldin
In Russia instant ramen is allowed in prisons but that little pack with spices - not. Because you could blow it in the eyes of the guard and disable him for a while. And that time is enough to take his weapon. So they open every single ramen pack and steal spices and you have to eat blend flavourless ramen.
VitaKet 11 kun oldin
After watching this video... Someone who's never been incarcerated: "man I'm hungry for some Ramen" Someone who's been incarcerated: "I never wanna see Ramen again"
VitaKet 11 kun oldin
Why ramen is so valuable in prison? Because they took away tobacco.
Eidjf Sidjd
Eidjf Sidjd 11 kun oldin
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