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  • Dining In: Inmate Commissaries

    Prison and jail inmates earn cold, hard cash (a few cents per hour) for the work they perform during their incarceration. They’re also allowed to receive money from family and friends. However, prisoners are never allowed to touch even a single coin, so all cash received is placed into...

  • Rikers Runs on Ramen & Other Prison Commissary Secrets

    Just because you're behind bars doesn't mean you have to forgo your favorite snack foods and electronics. Today the Post takes a look at some of the stuff for sale to prisoners on Rikers Island, finding that the number one seller is Ramen, which can be had for 35 cents. (Most prisoners discard th...

  • Texas Prisoners Spent $95 Million at Commissaries

    by Matt Stiles - April 8, 2010Inmates serving time in Texas prisons can buy certain “free world” goods — snacks, clothes, even cosmetics — provided that people outside unit walls send them the money.It’s a bustling business. During the last fiscal year, inmates spent about $95 million at priso...

  • What's on a Prisoner's Shopping List?

    by Matt Kelley · April 12, 2010 Most people don't think about prisoners as consumers. But a new interactive graphic from the Texas Tribune sheds some light on prisoners' purchasing habits. The most popular items at the state's prison commissaries include instant Ramen noodles, sugary soft drin...