Why ramen is so valuable in prison

  • Опубликовано: 14 ноя 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.
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Комментарии • 7 769

  • Frack Tack
    Frack Tack 13 минут назад

    The one who control the ramen,control the world.

  • Judge Dredd
    Judge Dredd 2 часа назад

    I give my inmates goop and that’s all they get.

  • Oppressed Media
    Oppressed Media 3 часа назад

    Ramen is disgusting so I'm just not gonna break the law

  • thetedmang
    thetedmang 4 часа назад +1

    Let me guess, because Trump amiright?
    FU Vox.

  • ABushInDisguise
    ABushInDisguise 5 часов назад

    There is also a bunch of ways to prepare it in prison.

  • D J
    D J 8 часов назад


  • UndeadBug
    UndeadBug 10 часов назад

    Ramen is more important than booty

  • XxProllyYoSistaXx And more
    XxProllyYoSistaXx And more 10 часов назад

    Who else is eating ramen noodles while watching this 🤣

  • GOD420CRUSH 805
    GOD420CRUSH 805 19 часов назад

    Ramen is poison!

  • Jordan Mcallister
    Jordan Mcallister 20 часов назад

    Naruto just got arrested

  • Alqadri
    Alqadri 21 час назад

    Kajiit will trade 2 ramen pkg for 25 caps

    then agian, ramen is life

  • Roger Babin
    Roger Babin День назад

    Sad video.
    I get that people in prison might be rapists, murders, sex traffickers and just the worst the world has to offer...but they still deserve to eat a sufficient meal and be treated as human beings. This food shortage/maggot thing is just wrong.

  • Coconutpeachaaa._.
    Coconutpeachaaa._. День назад

    I wish it was more healthier tho if it’s substituting other foods or if it’s just making more of a daily food. My parents don’t like me eating it because of all the chemicals and the process to preserve it which makes it really unhealthy

  • ajdin omeragic
    ajdin omeragic День назад +2

    Yea mom I want 50 packs of ramen. No I am not insane that stuf is worth lick 5$ in prison per pack !

  • TheLegendAX 99
    TheLegendAX 99 День назад +1

    I literally thought that Brooklyn nine nine made this up for the prison episode😂😂😂 I didn't realize that it was a real thing

  • Jillian Angel
    Jillian Angel День назад

    They feed full grown men in prison the little school lunches they give to pre schoolers.

  • Ral Quo
    Ral Quo 2 дня назад

    Naruto will have a good time in jail 😂

  • Арчи Барбос
    Арчи Барбос 2 дня назад

    I dont actually believe in any of this trash....

  • ElbigboY
    ElbigboY 2 дня назад

    100% True

  • Sk0lzkiy
    Sk0lzkiy 3 дня назад

    This guy could probably make a degree on economics real fast, all the research is basically done already :D

  • Jumbo
    Jumbo 3 дня назад

    Food per student: $1.50
    Prisoner: $1.77

  • Ch Pe
    Ch Pe 3 дня назад

    Because Kali Muscle eats 12 of them a day.

  • loki lastname
    loki lastname 3 дня назад

    Ay I got two trays for a bag of chips and soups

  • Dimentive
    Dimentive 3 дня назад

    I don’t like ramen.

  • Daxlaxx
    Daxlaxx 3 дня назад

    anything from the commissary is cash

  • Chris Pell Bois
    Chris Pell Bois 3 дня назад

    this video was interesting , but what shocked me the most is an inmate complaining about the food that's given in prison isn't enough to live on , well duh …. you're not suppose to be able to eat more than a free man/women ...

  • Penguinlover 2k19
    Penguinlover 2k19 3 дня назад

    This sounds fake
    Or just weird I don't know

  • Joxspice
    Joxspice 3 дня назад

    TAY-K is definitely eating good noodles everyday😂😂

  • CheezyDrool
    CheezyDrool 3 дня назад

    I thought it would be condoms being valuable in prison because of all the buttsex they must get.

  • Lydomina
    Lydomina 3 дня назад

    We don't have a food problem here at Monroe, do we?

  • Lydomina
    Lydomina 3 дня назад

    Maruchan Ramen > Nissin Top Ramen

  • Codeine tears
    Codeine tears 4 дня назад

    7 seconds into the video and i went to make me 2 bags of ramen just to flex on inmates

  • Gecko o
    Gecko o 4 дня назад

    So... they control the price of ramen in the same way that the united states controls the price of gold, holy shut, that would be great if they weren't, you know, in jail.

    DARRYL P DUNCAN 4 дня назад

    Ramen soups are available in all Federal Prisons for 30 Cents each. The food there is so tampered with by the inmate cooks that many live all their Time on these soups. They value only 25 Cents each on the compounds when used in trade. You may take a Chili Flavor pack from a soup and sprinkle it over your popcorn for a unique taste. Many people eat them dry, like potato chips. I keep cases of them now here in the Free World. In the prisons we had Texas Beef flavor which I liked best but here in Fayetteville TN where I live they only have Beef. The Texas Beef has those seeds to make them hot tasting. There in the prisons average jobs pay only $12,50 a month for those without a GED and this covers the entire amount of money you have for your hygiene and other needs, so you will want an easily affordable food because the prisons Lock Down whenever there is a fight. A lockdown may last 1-3 months of just being trapped within your own cell and eating just the paper sack meals served then. Those sacks contain a bologna sandwich and a small package of cookies. The greatest want of all prisoners is coffee, even the people who do not drink it. During a Lockdown people like me will put $30.00 into your account for a single $2.00 bag of coffee. The soups you will always already have.
    Looking at who supplies the products sold in the Commissary's, the peoples who have a hand in owning the prisons and/or stock in those products , you will find George Bush Sr. at the top of that list. You will find that most products sold come from the Keefe Corporation and that the Bush's have a hand in that ownership too. You will find many of the most wealthy and influential peoples of Society have a hand in the products sold to all prisoners.

  • West Kennemer
    West Kennemer 4 дня назад

    My sister eats ramen because she likes it :)

  • Jason Williams
    Jason Williams 4 дня назад

    Doesn't this just show how 3rd world the US justice system is?

    STAN-LEE -SAM 4 дня назад


  • James Suber
    James Suber 4 дня назад

    INMATE 1:yo man hit me up with that hat
    INMATE 2:sure that will be 2 top ramens
    INMATE 1:"passes ramen"
    INMATE 2:dude thats 3
    INMATE 1:can you give me the change
    INMATE 2:ok here is your 1 ramen and 48 noodles enjoy

  • FreedomSlaves
    FreedomSlaves 4 дня назад

    Cause you starve locked up with out store.

  • Devin Lin
    Devin Lin 4 дня назад

    a prison make their meals .56 cents
    and ramen sometimes only cost .56 cents
    why cant they just give them ramen?

  • Adolf Hitler
    Adolf Hitler 4 дня назад

    Its really bad for you if you eat it will cause early death and health problems.

      SILENCE 4 дня назад

      uhhh boring

  • ScreenName
    ScreenName 4 дня назад

    Fun fact aramark provides my old uni residence food

  • Hummingbird Journey
    Hummingbird Journey 5 дней назад

    Wow food reavels the wealth of a society even in prison

    • Zzygyy
      Zzygyy 4 дня назад

      Barter system

  • macsnafu
    macsnafu 5 дней назад

    Gee, it's like a commodity used for indirect exchange is money. Imagine that. And the value of that currency is determined by the subjective value the prisoners place on it. Wow. If Vox isn't careful, they may have to reluctantly admit to some important but basic principles of economics.

  • Jason
    Jason 5 дней назад

    Even trash western brand ramen can go for $2 in prison. Doesn't that mean that good asian brand ramens can go for $4 at the least?

    • Zzygyy
      Zzygyy 4 дня назад

      They don't sell quality ramen in comisary

  • azurequincy
    azurequincy 5 дней назад +6

    Booty is more important than Ramen .

  • oceso
    oceso 5 дней назад

    its literally like money in prison, because you can use it as money. insightful insight

  • Fact: Beagles Are Best
    Fact: Beagles Are Best 5 дней назад +1

    “It’s literally gold”... no. It not. I hate when people misuse this word.

    • Ro Ku
      Ro Ku 5 дней назад

      "Literally" is literally the most overused word.

    • Dave Lahr
      Dave Lahr 5 дней назад

      Its like gold in the prison system, but it does not solidify and turn into gold in the prison system........it would be sweet though

  • Melina Sartorius
    Melina Sartorius 5 дней назад

    And we actually got decent rations unless your in the hole then you just get a small trey it’s bullshitb

  • Melina Sartorius
    Melina Sartorius 5 дней назад

    I did 4 years and I was so sick of ramen... you could get a rack of 24 for like 12 dollars in Oregon

  • PiJellyPin
    PiJellyPin 5 дней назад

    Y'all got any more of those ramen packs?

  • 0
    0 6 дней назад

    Naruto's favourite food

  • L L
    L L 6 дней назад

    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 6 дней назад

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

    • EpicChocolate
      EpicChocolate 4 дня назад

      Flamin they get a warm room with food they really should be working for life or execution

    • Zzygyy
      Zzygyy 4 дня назад

      Given enough food to survive.

  • Calamity
    Calamity 6 дней назад

    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 6 дней назад

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

    • Mark Juarez
      Mark Juarez 4 дня назад

      I'm sorry, I can't read this.

    • Jammin Clemmons
      Jammin Clemmons 4 дня назад

      * *Mrs. Juarez* * - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!

    • Mark Juarez
      Mark Juarez 6 дней назад

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

  • yuch1102
    yuch1102 6 дней назад +1

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

  • Eureka Akerue
    Eureka Akerue 7 дней назад

    it's LITERALLY gold. MHMMM

  • Hard Boiled
    Hard Boiled 7 дней назад +5

    _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 7 дней назад

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

  • Ghastly Gibbus
    Ghastly Gibbus 7 дней назад

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

    • Zzygyy
      Zzygyy 4 дня назад

      Prisoners and soldiers Two different types of people

  • 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 4 дня назад

      +Jammin Clemmons what?

    • Jammin Clemmons
      Jammin Clemmons 4 дня назад

      +puro catio * *Mrs. Catio* * - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!

    • puro catio
      puro catio 6 дней назад +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 8 дней назад

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

  • Gwee Jia Han
    Gwee Jia Han 8 дней назад

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

  • Phiiiiiiiiiiiii
    Phiiiiiiiiiiiii 8 дней назад

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

  • Muhd Fikri Saman
    Muhd Fikri Saman 8 дней назад

    this reminded me of the show Brooklyn Nine Nine

  • MsDivale
    MsDivale 8 дней назад

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

    • Jammin Clemmons
      Jammin Clemmons 4 дня назад

      * *MisterDivale* * - You poo an the kaka comes! ( ? ) ??????? - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!

    • EpicChocolate
      EpicChocolate 4 дня назад

      MsDivale how stupid could you be, most countries criminals receive forced labor or death we treat them way better than they deserve

    • EpicChocolate
      EpicChocolate 4 дня назад

      MsDivale it’s not petty revenge you fucktard

    • Zzygyy
      Zzygyy 4 дня назад

      +MsDivale revenge? Are you serious? It's called punishment for conviction.

    • MsDivale
      MsDivale 4 дня назад

      +Zzygyy If petty revenge is all you can think about, good luck with your reoffending rates :D

  • Griff Barton
    Griff Barton 8 дней назад

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

  • bigearedmouse17
    bigearedmouse17 8 дней назад

    Pot Noodle UK.

  • the true slav master
    the true slav master 9 дней назад


  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump 9 дней назад +3

    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 9 дней назад

    Anyone eating ramen while watching this and reading comments?

  • Alex Delashmit
    Alex Delashmit 9 дней назад

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

  • TerminaMorte
    TerminaMorte 9 дней назад

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

  • juselara02
    juselara02 9 дней назад


  • Harper Lewis
    Harper Lewis 9 дней назад

    What the... WHAT?

  • muuubiee
    muuubiee 9 дней назад

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

  • shane phelan
    shane phelan 9 дней назад +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

    • Jammin Clemmons
      Jammin Clemmons 4 дня назад

      +Zzygyy * *Mrs. Zzygyy* * - ( ? ) -- You poop to, and the kaka brings itself to the stink it had inside you! - Sisao si, dupe. Šta je taj jebeni pakao? Vi neznani ljudi vjeruju da je sve što vam je hranjeno (kašikom) pročišćeno? Trebalo bi da budeš sramota što te čak zove ljudska bića. Pokajte se! - Idi Amerika i SAD! - Neka vas Hristova sila potresa! Ti i ti ćeš se kupati u sveti vodi, Sada ... odmah, kažem!!

    • Zzygyy
      Zzygyy 4 дня назад

      Tiny country. California larger population than all of Canada

  • ReyJ
    ReyJ 9 дней назад

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

  • BLAM
    BLAM 9 дней назад

    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 10 дней назад

    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 10 дней назад

    They best be making chi chis yo

  • Versace Kitties
    Versace Kitties 10 дней назад

    Ramen sucks

  • amanita333
    amanita333 10 дней назад

    count the weebs

  • Songo
    Songo 10 дней назад

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

  • cbernier3
    cbernier3 10 дней назад

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

  • pezit
    pezit 10 дней назад

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

    • pezit
      pezit 4 дня назад

      +EpicChocolate And that's the opinion I would expect of an uneducated person in a poor country.

    • EpicChocolate
      EpicChocolate 4 дня назад

      pezit prisoners don’t deserve any better

  • Sven Hassel
    Sven Hassel 10 дней назад +1

    Why ramen is so valuable in prison?

    • TeeTee LouKy
      TeeTee LouKy 6 дней назад

      +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 7 дней назад

      +Sven Hassel I assume that everyone is hungry.

    • Sven Hassel
      Sven Hassel 7 дней назад

      +TeeTee LouKy Why though?

    • TeeTee LouKy
      TeeTee LouKy 9 дней назад

      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 10 дней назад

    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 10 дней назад

    Nah, indomie is much better

  • Rival Abu Hanifah
    Rival Abu Hanifah 10 дней назад

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

  • High Ground
    High Ground 11 дней назад +1

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

  • Anthony Plaza
    Anthony Plaza 11 дней назад

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

  • seqka711
    seqka711 11 дней назад

    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.

    • EpicChocolate
      EpicChocolate 4 дня назад

      seqka711 well the fact that they made someone else suffer is enough that they don’t deserve any better if it were up to me I’d exterminate criminals

    • Zzygyy
      Zzygyy 4 дня назад

      Prison is a deterent. Prison time is a deterent. Don't do the crime unless you prepared to do the time.

  • Rekken and Yu
    Rekken and Yu 11 дней назад +357

    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

    • revel bangtanexo
      revel bangtanexo 14 часов назад

      I don't think some prisons allow food to be sent over

    • Mark Juarez
      Mark Juarez 2 дня назад

      Some places might allow it but I've never heard of or seen it. I'd think they'd want you'd to buy all your stuff from them.

    • Rekken and Yu
      Rekken and Yu 2 дня назад +2

      +Pesco there are prison 'stores' you can order specific items from to send to inmates

    • Pesco
      Pesco 2 дня назад

      You cant send food into prison wtf

    • loki lastname
      loki lastname 3 дня назад

      No they don't you can't send in ramen you can put money on his books

  • Hrothgar O' Dhughaill
    Hrothgar O' Dhughaill 11 дней назад

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

  • YuZaneX
    YuZaneX 11 дней назад

    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 11 дней назад

    After prison show anyone?

  • Just Josh
    Just Josh 11 дней назад

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