Ohio inmates spent $38M on essentials, junk food

Profits are pumped back into amenities such as televisions, recreation equipment, books and other items


By Laura A. Bischoff
Dayton Daily News 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's 50,000 inmates bought $38 million worth of candy, salty snacks, instant soup, beverages and other items from prison commissaries last year, with the profits being pumped back into amenities such as televisions for common areas, recreation equipment, books and other items.

"Our hottest seller probably would be pop — Mountain Dew, followed by Pepsi — and ramen noodles, chicken (flavored) and then chili (flavored). The things that are difficult to keep in stock, depending on the season, are pop and ice cream," said Fern Boddie, commissary manager at Dayton Correctional Institute since 1987.

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