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Tokens & Money of the US Prison System, Cons w/ Cash

(2005)


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To allow prisoners to operate in a monetary economy and earn money from prison jobs, many institutions issued special "Prison Money" for their inmates. These distinctive tokens could be used to buy cigarettes, snacks and other items from the commissary. This presentation includes: Why tokens are permitted in prison Problems of using real money Prison society and how it works Reference works available Tokens issued from different states Collecting postcards depicting prisons Examples that include "Blood Money"" token of Rarcoman, MS, Mutual Welfare League of Sing Sing, Coca Cola, Pepsi and candy issues, prison scrip for movies and hair cuts, errors and varieties Different ways to collect Speaker(s): Sarah & Phil Nordin.
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