Why ramen is so valuable in prison

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  • katma 14 Kas 2018
  • 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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  • Jun Mashiro
    Jun Mashiro 2 saatler önce

    Why are those prison meals look like a typical american school lunch

  • Kao Yang
    Kao Yang 12 saatler önce

    I can vouch for this. My uncle works as a CO in state prisons and ramen tops other items.

  • Aaron Alvarez
    Aaron Alvarez 18 saatler önce

    So that episode in Brookly 99 was correct??

  • WuzNab
    WuzNab 22 saatler önce +1

    Imagine a prisoner walking in a prison with thousands of soups stuffed down his pants

  • Hazman
    Hazman Gün önce +1

    So funny...why not use candy or chocolate as a money in prison???

  • Vincent Ciccone
    Vincent Ciccone 2 gün önce

    It's a number one item because ramen is #1 cheap and awesome food.

  • Tea Tea
    Tea Tea 3 gün önce

    That's good though why should they eat like king's for commiting crimes I would rather have them eating 50 cent dishes

  • Chuvak
    Chuvak 3 gün önce

    Still fed better than American public school students :(

  • Aaron Young
    Aaron Young 3 gün önce

    In reality coffee is gold in jail. Romen is just popular because food is trash and you can starve. But coffee is the real gold

  • SmartIdiotGaming 2
    SmartIdiotGaming 2 3 gün önce

    *Pink guy is the Ramen King*

  • xxxnaughtydevil
    xxxnaughtydevil 4 gün önce

    The ramen prison care packages to sent in California are starting $30+ so I'm enjoying 😃 ramen 3 for a $1 😁 it used to be 6 packs for a $1...

  • Nootshed Z
    Nootshed Z 6 gün önce

    its tasty thats why.
    this observation was before given any facts by the video, I haven't even watched the first second of it.

  • whitesongs73
    whitesongs73 6 gün önce

    Dear dudes and dudettes please let's try to keep our asses out of the prison system

  • Kawerau Woods
    Kawerau Woods 7 gün önce

    Chinese guy must be king.
    Why you want dried Ramen? I'll cut you a fresh made noodle.

  • Alex M
    Alex M 9 gün önce

    It's a form of currency

  • Red Balloon
    Red Balloon 9 gün önce

    That's a lot of razor blades relative to ramen sales and relative to the US prison population. They don't sell ramen in my country but we do have instant noodles. I'm just wondering whether they all taste the same or does Ramen have a distinctness about it?

  • Levi
    Levi 11 gün önce

    Who else is eating a raw block of ramen while watching this?

  • Powdered Salt
    Powdered Salt 11 gün önce

    This video was made by the college gang

  • Flake
    Flake 12 gün önce

    Why don't they just give the prisoners 2 packets of Ramen for lunch, breakfast, and dinner cause that means that it would be a total of $3 per day for each prisoner soooooo.

  • Adam Hale
    Adam Hale 12 gün önce

    My brother said that he and his buddies when they were doing their time would get a trash bag, fill it with ramen and hot water then throw in beans and cheese and whatever other ingredients they could get ahold of and feast upon that.

  • Janjabill Tahsin
    Janjabill Tahsin 13 gün önce

    *I bet the guy who invented ramen would be so proud right now*

  • Matt Butcher
    Matt Butcher 13 gün önce

    Not to mention the jail makes a large profit selling them to inmates. They cost $1+ in Louisiana prisons.

  • Unicorn army :3
    Unicorn army :3 14 gün önce

    Im happy to live in Norway

  • sabriyah bakare
    sabriyah bakare 15 gün önce

    im making top ramon now

  • Propaganda Minister
    Propaganda Minister 15 gün önce

    so if ramen is top drug what happens if you bring peanut butter into prison?

  • Brandon Tran
    Brandon Tran 15 gün önce

    i want ramen

  • prynce pooh ATL
    prynce pooh ATL 16 gün önce

    **Eating good noodles everyday**

  • Quazi Raidah
    Quazi Raidah 16 gün önce

    Imma be ramen dealer 😎😎😎

  • Rotcrawler
    Rotcrawler 16 gün önce

    Phew. That was close. I almost watched a vox video instead of downvoting.

  • Peanut haterzz
    Peanut haterzz 17 gün önce

    very nice useless video vox thank you

  • superzombiesamm
    superzombiesamm 17 gün önce

    *f u e l e d b y r a m e n*

  • Maximiliano Maripilla
    Maximiliano Maripilla 17 gün önce

    Ramen is a huge meal on salt or carbohydrates and it's incredible cheat even on prision guys than have almost the same body size like the rock

  • DarkNeonDeath
    DarkNeonDeath 17 gün önce +1

    PewNews is better and has more followers making PewNews a main stream media

  • victor trejo
    victor trejo 18 gün önce

    Crush a ramen soup bag with a Hot cheetos( yellow one ) ,mix it, add hot water. Some flour tortillas with some prison salami. Prison Burritos..😥😥😥I miss those burritos..

  • princekhadeem 06
    princekhadeem 06 19 gün önce

    Who was eating ramen while watching this

  • f dmt
    f dmt 19 gün önce

    why ban ciggarettes, isn't there enough stress on the inside? now you want new prisoners going thru withdrawl and angry.

  • Chris An
    Chris An 20 gün önce +1

    That Ramen is dodo shin Ramen is a 10000000 times better

  • Eganati
    Eganati 20 gün önce

    Well I'll be the damn richest person if I was ever thrown in prison

  • Reality YT
    Reality YT 20 gün önce

    hmmmm what if some one commit a crime just to be able to eat ramen in jail

  • jessie christopher lapinid

    Wahts the problem on Ramen being the most popular staple in the prison

  • Pete Rock
    Pete Rock 21 gün önce

    Summer sausages are also a staple.

  • Oliver Lowe
    Oliver Lowe 21 gün önce +1

    its not ramen its noodles

  • Nylon
    Nylon 21 gün önce

    NANI?..

  • studioskim3
    studioskim3 21 gün önce

    When I taught middle school, my students told me they didn't mind going to jail, because it's better than what they had home... some of these kids had a parent or two in the nearby prisons, and visited them often... how sad is that when kids want to go to jail to eat, and inmates aren't getting good meals in the first... not that they deserve steak, but at least more than a child's serving. Aramark is evil. They also catered to my college campus and their food SUCKED!

  • BowieThe Player
    BowieThe Player 21 gün önce +1

    No they should change the title to "Why weed is so valuable in person".

  • Jarid Gaming
    Jarid Gaming 22 gün önce +1

    I think that people forget 40% or more of the people in jail are there for non Violent Crimes. Such as cant afford to pay a ticket something that was outlawed in the 19th Century that's 1800 to 1900 and yet it still continues

  • Jarid Gaming
    Jarid Gaming 22 gün önce +2

    It's not the "Chosen Favorite" among college students. It's a necessity or they die.
    50% of college students are food insecure

  • sergent chris
    sergent chris 23 gün önce

    hmmm

  • John Nguyen
    John Nguyen 24 gün önce

    One word: INCREDIBLE.

  • ufokingwot
    ufokingwot 25 gün önce

    They should import some instant ramen from Japan/Korea. The inmates will go crazy over them.

  • Pixel Donkey
    Pixel Donkey 26 gün önce

    Aren't college kids and inmates in the same place

  • british people yellow teeth

    we need to give prisoners ice cream, turkey legs, t-bone, gravy, and what else vox some cheese cake too???
    pathetic, we could be giving foster kids better food you know. Prisoner should be fed with roadkills and dead animals, period!

    • PinkyJello
      PinkyJello 23 gün önce

      Not all prisoners are bad people...I agree if they have murdered or raped children but it's just human decency to give them school lunch type meals for the least. they aren't asking for steak or anything

  • Lyas
    Lyas 27 gün önce

    Naruto can explain

  • Henri-Eerik Reintal
    Henri-Eerik Reintal 27 gün önce

    I Prefer anacom

  • Sebastian Lim
    Sebastian Lim Aylar önce

    Baby beef - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

  • Oscar Sey
    Oscar Sey Aylar önce

    why dont they just feed the prisoners ramen its 59 cents right?

  • flower power
    flower power Aylar önce

    Maruchan and top ramen are not the same! Maruchan is where it's at

  • Yezus 323
    Yezus 323 Aylar önce

    And because you can make a shank out of that ramen lol

  • The toad
    The toad Aylar önce

    If you send 100 packs to your family member in prison...*becomes richest prisoner on earth*

  • WizardMitten Productions

    If ur not able to have money in prison how do u get the ramen from the commissary in the first place

    • The Universe Within
      The Universe Within Aylar önce

      they literally said that inmates don't carry cash, then they showed a special card that allowed them to get objects, which inmates trade.

  • Waluigi Sebnasti
    Waluigi Sebnasti Aylar önce

    It’s because the college kids always do underage........ ummm...................

  • Jr Lopez
    Jr Lopez Aylar önce

    i could get a 12 pack of raman for $3

  • Daichi Hirata
    Daichi Hirata Aylar önce

    As a Japanese person, I really confused.....

  • Pockey
    Pockey Aylar önce

    There criminals they don’t need to have a meal worth the same as the good samaritan

  • Leelurb Poopy
    Leelurb Poopy Aylar önce

    Eating good noodles every day

  • Mr Dan Master
    Mr Dan Master Aylar önce

    Its like prison has its own economy.

  • CaptainSmileyFace
    CaptainSmileyFace Aylar önce

    I literally watched that episode of ONB like 2 hours ago

  • Dexter's Laboratory
    Dexter's Laboratory Aylar önce

    Level 35 boss

  • SSR_Toxic
    SSR_Toxic Aylar önce

    I bet filthy Frank Is watching this

  • Just Trying
    Just Trying Aylar önce +1

    I actually saw a Brooklyn nine nine episode about how ramen is the currency in prison

  • Link Link
    Link Link Aylar önce

    top ramen nasty asf.

  • aggie s
    aggie s Aylar önce

    maybe i would survive in prison.

  • Lavar balld As a muthafucker

    Nah Mi goreng noodles is better!!!

  • kurzon 605
    kurzon 605 Aylar önce

    # great big story rip off but still a good vid!

  • zdruva Nosworthy
    zdruva Nosworthy Aylar önce

    I thought it was SOAP ...

  • Elijah Juni
    Elijah Juni Aylar önce

    Alright let’s get this straight is Maruchan or Nissin better

  • Fishy boi slippin in yo hoof

    Better than sex, literally.

  • imanasaurus rex
    imanasaurus rex Aylar önce

    and now I want ramen.....

  • Ice Cream
    Ice Cream Aylar önce +1

    You got some -drugs- ramen

  • Awkward Leacim
    Awkward Leacim Aylar önce

    15 Ramen And I'm Going To *"Accidentally"* Drop The Soap

  • the_ dest0er041
    the_ dest0er041 Aylar önce

    -I be eating good ramen everyday-

  • Walter Clements
    Walter Clements Aylar önce +1

    Anyone else plays Hard Time

  • Snoop Ham
    Snoop Ham Aylar önce

    Stres and worry is and for anything living Please keep your eyes on the road not on your phone or radio be careful and safe

  • yunggoth
    yunggoth Aylar önce +2

    Prison sells ramen for lower prices than my university

  • Yeet
    Yeet Aylar önce

    yo bro got any ramen...?

  • Michaelthe King
    Michaelthe King Aylar önce +1

    You got that good stuff 🤫

  • FBI Undercover Loli
    FBI Undercover Loli Aylar önce

    Now to ask my friends and relatives to send me ramen when i go to jail so i can make money

  • Kyle Ma
    Kyle Ma Aylar önce

    Kali Muscle knows what's up

  • Penny 9403
    Penny 9403 Aylar önce

    Surprised that oitnb got this part right

  • Nex
    Nex Aylar önce

    okay if i understand this right? i can go to prison and tell my friends to use all my savings on ramen and send it to me?

  • The Food Nomads A.K.A The Fomads

    how about in japanese prisons?

  • Dorian bullet boats
    Dorian bullet boats Aylar önce

    That's a prison they are in there for a arson they don't pay for shelter water either clothes

  • Duck the GWR engine
    Duck the GWR engine Aylar önce

    Horrible journalism

  • X striker
    X striker Aylar önce

    Why is reminds me of escapist

  • Maria Liz
    Maria Liz Aylar önce

    Imagine the people in jail who don’t have family to send them money or food . They must have starved already

  • Chryssanthemum Spinnaker

    indomie.... lucky me.... maggi... nissin yakisobaaaaaaa😍😍😍😍😍

  • crampus 9
    crampus 9 Aylar önce

    I guess Ramen is a currency now XD

  • Orchestra Of Ruin
    Orchestra Of Ruin Aylar önce

    The kingpin is the Sage of Six Ramens

  • Jeseph Willis
    Jeseph Willis Aylar önce

    It's because they're trying to die faster, so that they won't have to serve there full sentence.