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Why ramen noodles replaced cigarettes as prison currency

Aug 22, 2016
The study of one correctional facility illustrates a prison system shaped by declining food services.
Packets of dried instant noodles have long replaced cigarettes as a preferred form of currency inside one U.S. prison.
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Ramen is fueling the underground labor market in prison

Aug 22, 2016
Low wages and rising prices of instant noodle packets mean prisoners taking on second jobs, according to one study.
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