Why ramen is so valuable in prison

  • Published on:  11/14/2018
  • Instant ramen noodles have become like cash among inmates in the US. Become a member of the Vox Video Lab! http://bit.ly/video-labSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOCash 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.The Goods by Vox explains what we buy, why we buy it, and why it matters.Watch the rest of The Goods videos on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2PvjHCBVox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H


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  • Random Gamer21
    Random Gamer21 2 months ago+5514

    Gets stabbed
    Me:why did you stab me?
    Guy:you had a 10 ramen bounty

  • 3.14 22/7
    3.14 22/7 2 months ago+1592

    Obviously, to fix the sink.

  • Fmono • 38 years ago • Updated

    1990: Selling drugs is cool
    2019: Selling ramen is cool

  • Sparren
    Sparren 3 months ago+2259

    Prisons: 59 cents per meal = inedible
    Public US Schools: It's showtime

  • Vardhanam Daga
    Vardhanam Daga 9 months ago+28660

    Well the richest person in Jail must be called Top Ramen. 😂😂

  • - Ayan -
    - Ayan - 2 months ago+631

    Me: gets 5 bags of ramen
    Also me: oh i'm rich now, ok.

  • Pedro Harunari
    Pedro Harunari 2 months ago+591

    Viva o Site de Notícias e Mídia

  • Delkor
    Delkor 2 months ago+315

    Prison: you can't have money
    Prisoner: hold my ramen

  • TigerLiss
    TigerLiss 2 months ago+750

    One major thing this video misses is the amount of protein in ramen. Without protein, inmates can't build muscle, which is a pretty important sign of status and ability to defend oneself in prison. A pack of ramen contains about 10 grams of protein, which is a huge amount compared to what inmates usually get.

  • jaksujs channel
    jaksujs channel 2 months ago+253

    Well at least if they break their sinks it can be fixed quickly

  • tess Bel
    tess Bel 2 months ago+252

    Tbh ramen should be international currency

  • Mr. Nice Man
    Mr. Nice Man 3 months ago+414

    Mum I am gonna be rich and make you proud someday.
    Pack all the ramen in my bag and leave

  • Chester Cobblepot
    Chester Cobblepot 2 months ago+150

    Only in America can you go to prison get out and write a book about Ramen noodles🤣

  • xSynomical
    xSynomical 9 months ago+3776

    Prisoner: nah fam it’s chicken ramen want some

  • Mack in Black
    Mack in Black 2 months ago+92

    Convicted felon here. I can vouch that everything discussed in this video is absolutely true.

  • Supernoxus
    Supernoxus 2 months ago+102

    In short. prisoners don't get fed enough food to survive, so they give you just about anything for some ramen.

  • NotInTable
    NotInTable 3 months ago+59

    ramen is valuable in prison because during a prison riot you can bust out a packet of dry ramen, eat it without the sauce packet and restore 90 HP

  • Rusty
    Rusty 2 months ago+77

    Aramark is the main provider for food on college campuses as well, no joke.

  • This is Barris! - French History

    This confirms it. Student life = prison