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Ramen Supplants Cigarettes as US Prison Currency

Cigarettes, long the unofficial currency of prisons, has given way to a new kind of underground money. A study suggests that Ramen noodles are now the most common bartering tool among U.S. prisoners. One big reason, according to the study by the University of Arizona School of Sociology, is that smoking has been banned from many spaces within prisons. However, there’s another driver, researchers say, and that is less food is available to prisoners, something the researchers call...

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