Why ramen is so valuable in prison


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  • 0
    0 6 saatler önce

    Naruto's favourite food

  • L L
    L L 6 saatler önce

    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
    Flamin 8 saatler önce

    In short: ramen is valuable in prisons because prisoners are being underfed. Which is pretty damn awful.

  • Calamity
    Calamity 14 saatler önce

    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 19 saatler önce

    Other than the statistics, I'd say this video is about 50% accurate.

    • Mark Juarez
      Mark Juarez 19 saatler önce

      Which is pretty accurate considering it was made by people who haven't done time.

  • yuch1102
    yuch1102 Gün önce

    Why all they eat is maruchan ramen? Get them some shin ramyun

  • Eureka Akerue
    Eureka Akerue Gün önce

    it's LITERALLY gold. MHMMM

  • Hard Boiled
    Hard Boiled Gün önce +2

    _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 Gün önce

    Somehow this video reminded me of the difference between Japanese & Korean ramen

  • Ghastly Gibbus
    Ghastly Gibbus 2 gün önce

    1.77 dollars per meal? Pfff
    In my country, a soldier's meal budget per day is roughly 3 US dollars.

  • 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 8 saatler önce +1

      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 2 gün önce

    i held the world record for monkeynuts in TGK a prison in Miami

  • Gwee Jia Han
    Gwee Jia Han 2 gün önce

    sniff the powder like a drug. yea you know it. sniff sniff

  • Phiiiiiiiiiiiii
    Phiiiiiiiiiiiii 2 gün önce

    0:31 when this guy says a favor, I thought he meant shanking somebody or somethin

  • Muhd Fikri Saman
    Muhd Fikri Saman 2 gün önce

    this reminded me of the show Brooklyn Nine Nine

  • MsDivale
    MsDivale 2 gün önce

    Base line: USA's prison system is cruel torture and not about rehabilitation.

  • Griff Barton
    Griff Barton 2 gün önce

    Where can I find that book!!!!!?????!???

  • bigearedmouse17
    bigearedmouse17 3 gün önce

    Pot Noodle UK.

  • the true slav master
    the true slav master 3 gün önce


  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump 3 gün önce +1

    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 3 gün önce

    Anyone eating ramen while watching this and reading comments?

  • Alex Delashmit
    Alex Delashmit 3 gün önce

    Ramen is just so valuable in general worth more than any gold, silver and saffron.

  • TerminaMorte
    TerminaMorte 3 gün önce

    That food looks too good, I'd like to see it cut for prisoners even further.

  • juselara02
    juselara02 3 gün önce


  • Harper Lewis
    Harper Lewis 3 gün önce

    What the... WHAT?

  • muuubiee
    muuubiee 3 gün önce

    One important factor is that Ramen is eaten, that prevents inflation to some degree.

  • shane phelan
    shane phelan 3 gün önce +1

    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

  • ReyJ
    ReyJ 4 gün önce

    no, it's not literally gold. you meant it's figuratively gold.

  • BLAM
    BLAM 4 gün önce

    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
    DivineProvidence 4 gün önce

    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 4 gün önce

    They best be making chi chis yo

  • Versace Kitties
    Versace Kitties 4 gün önce

    Ramen sucks

  • amanita333
    amanita333 4 gün önce

    count the weebs

  • Songo
    Songo 4 gün önce

    Commissaries should sell other brands of ramen like MAMA and IndoMie. It'd be like higher denominations of currency in there.

  • cbernier3
    cbernier3 4 gün önce

    If you trade your ramen for weed, then what you supposed to eat?

  • pezit
    pezit 4 gün önce

    American prison system is so disgusting, looks like what I would expect from a very poor country.

  • Sven Hassel
    Sven Hassel 4 gün önce +1

    Why ramen is so valuable in prison?

    • TeeTee LouKy
      TeeTee LouKy 22 saatler önce

      +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
      vangrails Gün önce

      +Sven Hassel I assume that everyone is hungry.

    • Sven Hassel
      Sven Hassel Gün önce

      +TeeTee LouKy Why though?

    • TeeTee LouKy
      TeeTee LouKy 3 gün önce

      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 5 gün önce

    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 5 gün önce

    Nah, indomie is much better

  • Rival Abu Hanifah
    Rival Abu Hanifah 5 gün önce

    Hi Indomie and Mie Sedap, its time to export your noodles to US prison

  • High Ground
    High Ground 5 gün önce +1

    Prisoner: gets limited edition flavored ramen
    Same prisoner: I AM NOW TOP RAMEN!

  • Anthony Plaza
    Anthony Plaza 5 gün önce

    Force prisons to sell VitaRamen a new healthy alternative made by a chinese college graduate. Full of minerals.

  • seqka711
    seqka711 5 gün önce

    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.

  • Rekken and Yu
    Rekken and Yu 5 gün önce +159

    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 10 saatler önce +1

      +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?

    • Big Don
      Big Don 11 saatler önce

      Mark Juarez you have obviously never pulled time.

    • Mark Juarez
      Mark Juarez 15 saatler önce

      +FerroSplice I'm not saying it isn't I'm just saying you're not balling out cause you have 30 packs of ramen a month. And I'd say almost everyone in prison either gets money from people outside or finds a way to get more food via a job, some kind of hustle or working/doing favors for other inmates. It's tough to live off only what they give you but everyone usually finds a way to get extra stuff.

    • FerroSplice
      FerroSplice 16 saatler önce

      +Mark Juarez Eating a pack of ramen a day would by far be better than what most other inmates would have had.

    • Mark Juarez
      Mark Juarez 19 saatler önce

      That's about a pack a day, not all that much

  • Hrothgar O' Dhughaill
    Hrothgar O' Dhughaill 5 gün önce

    In Oregon, stamped envelopes where the top "currency" over just about anything else..with the exception of seasonal/holiday food items.

  • YuZaneX
    YuZaneX 5 gün önce

    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
    Poor kid: if u want to see proof then you'd better follow the officer
    Rich kid: oh F*CK!

    LENIN 5 gün önce

    After prison show anyone?

  • Just Josh
    Just Josh 5 gün önce

    I wonder how many ex-prisoners are running around with Microeconomics degrees...

  • SarcasticLampr4y
    SarcasticLampr4y 6 gün önce

    Make weed legal so you reduce your inmate count by millions, oh wait, now prisons are private and about profit, well done. USA.

  • WolfGaming
    WolfGaming 6 gün önce +1


  • Rishika Chutani
    Rishika Chutani 6 gün önce +1

    3.14 Rajhma Chawal😁

  • Kaitek Jay
    Kaitek Jay 6 gün önce

    pimp gon be eatin good noodles erry day

  • david nichols
    david nichols 6 gün önce

    I thought prisoners were provided everything they need. Doesn't a commissary lead to competition for goods and fights?

  • liam firlej
    liam firlej 6 gün önce

    when did Ramen become instant noodles ?

  • Feather Weighted
    Feather Weighted 6 gün önce

    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.

    • Feather Weighted
      Feather Weighted 5 gün önce

      Keegan Sanders Guess it just depends what Unit you're in, but thats not how it is in Texas

    • Keegan Sanders
      Keegan Sanders 5 gün önce +1

      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 6 gün önce

    2.3 million in Prison? woah... Land of the free huh?....

    • TeeTee LouKy
      TeeTee LouKy 3 gün önce

      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 6 gün önce

    I already knew this thanks to After Prison Show.

  • Knuckles #2761
    Knuckles #2761 6 gün önce

    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
    VitaKet 6 gün önce

    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
    VitaKet 6 gün önce

    Why ramen is so valuable in prison? Because they took away tobacco.

  • Eidjf Sidjd
    Eidjf Sidjd 7 gün önce

    6ix9ine's new favorite meal

  • Chris Jones
    Chris Jones 7 gün önce

    There were never any fat people whatsoever in Japan outside of the Sumo wrestling ring until a man invented the Ramen noodle. Pure refined carbohydrate that you can make a whole meal out of. Unbelievably fattening...:)

  • Jan B
    Jan B 7 gün önce

    why not build some ramen workshops in prisons to close the loop and produce the stuff where it's needed most.
    it could also bolster prison spending and introduce some form of social rehabilitation that they actually want to do...
    because they love ramen haha
    who would have thought..

    • VitaKet
      VitaKet 6 gün önce

      Inmates dont love Ramen.

  • Rahil
    Rahil 7 gün önce

    They are prisoners who literally get free food. If anything they should pay for everything themselves

  • Archos Coplin
    Archos Coplin 7 gün önce

    Ramen noodles have no nutritional value, that trash will have you feeling sick afterwards.

  • Stefan Reich
    Stefan Reich 7 gün önce

    Let's watch Vox advertise prison again

  • john z
    john z 7 gün önce

    Shouldn't the top seller be '老干妈'?

  • Kasia L
    Kasia L 8 gün önce +1

    Wait are prisoners really paying in Ramen 😆

    • VitaKet
      VitaKet 6 gün önce

      Ever since tobacco was banned yes.

  • WhyNotTruth
    WhyNotTruth 8 gün önce

    Peditenteairiay...whats that? lol

  • erp herp
    erp herp 8 gün önce

    interesting how the prison system figures out a way to tax the inmates and their families by providing the commissaries while also providing just enough calories with their prison food to keep inmates alive, makes sense in a twisted way, hard to get strong on bare minimum calories but if you insist on it you are basically paying for it by buying food from the commissaries. shocked they didn't raise the price of ramen honestly...

  • Zetsuke4
    Zetsuke4 8 gün önce +1

    Why is ramen so valuable in prison?

    • TeeTee LouKy
      TeeTee LouKy 3 gün önce

      Did you even listen to the video?

    • VitaKet
      VitaKet 6 gün önce

      Because you can no longer get tobacco.

  • Red dlL
    Red dlL 9 gün önce

    Since when is instant ramen filling?

  • Diego Lopez
    Diego Lopez 9 gün önce

    Buy ndls stock now

  • I am milan
    I am milan 9 gün önce

    Wow. Interesting.

  • Jesus saw that
    Jesus saw that 9 gün önce +6

    You guys missed a big reason for Ramon being so useful in jail. The food has zero flavor so inmates put the Ramon seasoning on their food to make it edible

    • cbernier3
      cbernier3 4 gün önce

      Why can't they just sell them seasoning?

    • Nobody Knows
      Nobody Knows 5 gün önce

      Salt does the same thing....oh wait, it is salt.

    • VitaKet
      VitaKet 6 gün önce

      This guy knows.

  • Dave Montgumry
    Dave Montgumry 9 gün önce

    100% untrue that prisoners would "starve" on the food given. They have regulations in place(not sure what they are). But as long as you are getting 2000 cal a day you will be more than healthy for the small amount of energy that you are burning in prison. As long as you have access to water you can be healthy on what they give you. There's a reason why you can survive 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. People have lived on a lot less, for a lot longer, doing a lot more strenuous tasks.

    • Dave Montgumry
      Dave Montgumry 17 saatler önce

      +vangrails if someone wants to debate my comment I'll present studies and papers but that was just my opinion so I didn't research.

    • vangrails
      vangrails Gün önce

      They have regulations in place....(not sure what they are).... Yeah, okay? Uhhh....

  • jusk8lp
    jusk8lp 9 gün önce

    Whoa, Brooklyn Nine-Nine wasn't making it up! XD

  • manniefaces
    manniefaces 9 gün önce

    Because the food is unfit for humans

  • Don
    Don 9 gün önce

    new world order hard currency..

  • Pasta Pasty Pastu
    Pasta Pasty Pastu 9 gün önce

    Ramen (Instant Noodle) Makes the World goes Round.

  • Anthony
    Anthony 9 gün önce

    Don't worry, this is the USA, unless it happens to a rich white man, nothing will change.

  • meis awsom
    meis awsom 9 gün önce

    Why don’t they just use the money they use to buy the ramen

  • a moon
    a moon 10 gün önce

    I don't know why but I was expecting a more lighthearted and whimsical reason. This is actually pretty depressing.

  • Adiguna Bahari
    Adiguna Bahari 10 gün önce

    I wonder how many top ramens an indomie costs

  • Samsung/Android Is the best/Fortnite sucks

    Top Ramen doesn't taste good

  • Roodly F Buts
    Roodly F Buts 10 gün önce

    I got McMuffins😉

  • disney girl963
    disney girl963 10 gün önce

    I'm eating ramen while watching

  • Shaharuddin Abdul Razak
    Shaharuddin Abdul Razak 10 gün önce

    Wait, I tought school and prison were the same..?

  • Steven arguelles
    Steven arguelles 11 gün önce

    "Ramen is literally gold!" Lol no its not. Not literally at least.

  • PresidentialWinner
    PresidentialWinner 11 gün önce

    "It's literally gold" XD

  • David Hess
    David Hess 11 gün önce

    I watched just to hear her try to pronounce penitentiary.

  • Chris Wesney
    Chris Wesney 11 gün önce

    You can really tell that the writer/editor of this don't know any inmates and have never been in jail.

  • Scott Happy
    Scott Happy 11 gün önce

    Hey, kid, want some ramen?

  • Jazzy Jez
    Jazzy Jez 11 gün önce

    The creator of Ramen must be proud since it's helping end hunger in prison. Glad they able to supplement their diets or else go hungry.

  • David Lee
    David Lee 11 gün önce

    Theres a you tube advising against it. Eating garbage ?

  • MR stealyobitch
    MR stealyobitch 11 gün önce

    Meanwhile the states gets paid from 28 to $30,000 a year per inmate but they still have to make the profit don't they so they feed you with $0.50 a day if that

  • daniel280456
    daniel280456 11 gün önce +2

    Naruto in prison:
    -Shadow Clone Jutsu! Give me all your ramen !

  • Dub Tzar
    Dub Tzar 11 gün önce

    Chicken only all others suck.

  • To The Truth And Beyond
    To The Truth And Beyond 12 gün önce

    Vox hahaha