Jailhouse Popcorn

Workman Publishing
Nov 12, 2015 · 2 min read

Movie night in prison was usually a big deal. We didn’t get to watch any new or R-rated movies, but they did bring in a big old projector and showed movies on a huge screen in the chow hall. It kind of made it feel like you were
actually at the movies. One movie night involved some famous people — but not actors. A vicious hit was carried out by members of the L.A. gang, the Crips. There was a guy in the prison who was a member of the rival group — the notorious Bloods. You could tell this was a planned hit by the precise mechanics of the execution. The projector was set up, and the guys were in a pretty good mood. But just as the lights went out and the movie began, the soundtrack kicked in and got loud. That was the cue. Right next to me, there was a sudden movement and I saw the guy I knew to be a Crip put his hand over the Blood’s mouth as he simultaneously sliced his neck with one smooth,
quick motion. Before the lights came on, the assassin was out of the chow
hall, nowhere to be seen. That night, nothing that happened on the screen
matched the drama around us.


1 pack chili flavor Ramen
Note: Chili flavor Ramen is best for this recipe.
Other flavors just don’t do it.

  1. Crush the Ramen in the wrapper.

2. Open the wrapper on one end only and take out the seasoning packet.

3. Sprinkle the seasoning into the crushed Ramen, close the bag, and shake until the seasoning is distributed.

There’s plenty more where that came from! Excerpted from Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars (Workman Publishing).

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