Ramen Could Be Replacing Cigarettes As Prison Currency
A new study says ramen's rise may signal a deeper issue with prison conditions.By Ryan Biek | August 23, 2016
Ramen noodles may be surpassing cigarettes as the most valuable prison currency.
A new study from the University of Arizona found in one prison in the American Sunbelt, packs of the noodles serve a dual purpose.
On the one hand, they're being used as money and exchanged among prisoners for things like food, clothes and cleaning services. They're even used as poker chips.