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  • The underground economy is real in prison, and people who don't understand it can get into a lot of trouble.

    監獄裡的地下經濟是真實存在的,而不夠了解運作方式的囚犯會惹禍上身。

  • There’s actual inmates that create their own stores, and you would see guys with these huge necklaces filled with money. And I’d think, "Where did they get this money?"

    實際上真的有囚犯在運作自己的商店,你還能看到把鈔票一綑綑綁成項鍊掛在脖子上的人。每次我看到都會想:「他們是怎麼賺到那麼多錢的?」

  • Hustling is taking place 24 hours a day in prison.

    監獄中的非法買賣無時無刻都在發生著。

  • Guys in there were... were getting killed, getting robbed, like they would on the street.

    裡面的囚犯們⋯就像在街上一樣被殺、被搶。

  • An inmate with a gun, another appears to be shooting up heroin, all caught on video.

    一名囚犯手上拿著槍,另一名則在注射著海洛因,這些畫面全被拍了下來。

  • Used to get half a dozen in a cell, couple of buckets of hooch and just wedge the door up and just have a party all night and say, "Come and get us copper."

    以前我們會在一間牢房裡聚了五六個人,倒滿兩個水桶的私釀酒然後把門敞開卡著不關上,整晚都在一邊狂歡一邊叫囂:「有種來抓我們啊,條子。」

  • Christmas Eve 2021 wasn’t exactly a normal day inside for one group of Brazilian prisoners.

    2021 年的聖誕前夕對於一群巴西的囚犯來說是個不尋常的一天。

  • Instead, there were scenes that looked more like a stag do than a grim festive period behind bars.

    比起一般對於身陷囹圄苦過佳節的印象,整個場面看起來更像是場單身狂歡派對。

  • Clearly, the inmates, based at a men’s lockup in Goiâna, a city in northeastern Brazil, had put some careful planning into making the best of a bad situation.

    很顯然這些被關押在巴西東北部戈亞尼亞男子監獄的囚犯們,制定了縝密的計畫來在最惡劣的環境中苦中作樂。

  • Leaked mobile phone footage shows a DJ and two female dancers hired for the night’s entertainment.

    爆料出來的手機錄影畫面裡有名 DJ 還有兩名女性舞者被雇用來娛樂助興。

  • Though prison authorities launched an immediate investigation, questions remain.

    雖然監獄官方表示他們立刻展開了調查,但背後仍有許多未解之謎。

  • Smuggling in drugs, smartphones, and scrappy pieces of contraband is one thing. But people?

    偷渡毒品、智慧型手機和其他破破爛爛的違禁品是一回事,但是連人都能偷渡進來?

  • The prison economy is a strange thing, wherever you are in the world.

    監獄經濟是個相當奇妙的體系,不論在世界哪個地方都一樣。

  • [THE BUSINESS OF CRIME]

    [犯罪生意]

  • Prison life has its own informal economy, and when it comes to economic inequality, being inside isn’t always so dissimilar to the outside world.

    監獄有著自己的一套非官方經濟,而在經濟不平等這方面,牆內和牆外其實沒有多大不同。

  • There are still the people who represent the haves as well as the have-nots.

    人們仍分成了富有與貧窮兩方。

  • Naturally, there are a few key differences.

    自然而然的,背後仍有幾個關鍵的差異。

  • Commodities usually take the place of cash as the dominant currency.

    日用品通常會取代現金,成為了最主流的貨幣。

  • I realized that there was a world inside this world. $1 was like a value of $20.

    我發現在監獄之下還有另外一個世界。在這裡 1 美元的價值像是 20 美元一樣。

  • Valuable resources can be traded in kind or for favors and influence.

    珍貴的資源能夠用來交易為不同的幫助與影響力。

  • It’s practically like, unbelievable the stuff that you can purchase with food.

    只要用食物就能買到讓你難以置信的各種東西。

  • Tobacco, tinned food, toiletriesanything that might make the boredom and squalor of prison life that little bit more bearable.

    菸草、罐頭、盥洗用品-任何能讓監獄生活的無趣與貧乏能夠變得更能忍受一點的東西。

  • It makes economic sense. Anything non-perishable, easily traded, and packed into standard units is ideal.

    這在經濟上說得通。只要不易腐壞、可以輕鬆交換且以標準形式包裝就很理想。

  • What became currency was, believe it or not, ramen! It was a noodle!

    信不信由你,最後成為貨幣的是泡麵!就是普通的麵!

  • Ramen is big business inside out of necessity rather than any great love of cheap dried noodles.

    泡麵之所以在監獄內有著舉足輕重的地位其實是出於必要,而不是單純出於對這種便宜乾燥麵條的喜愛。

  • Youve got to have it. There's... Youre going to starve if you don’t.

    你必須要囤積泡麵,否則肯定會捱餓。

  • Cuts to the number and quality of meals over the years have created an obvious problem in US prisons.

    近年來美國監獄內對於囚犯食物在數量與品質上的下降已經成為了明顯的問題。

  • Ramen and other kinds of long-life food can help plug the gap and help mark an inmate’s status.

    泡麵與其他保存期限長的食物能幫助填補這個縫隙,並彰顯了一名囚犯的地位。

  • You can tell how well a man’s doing financially by how many soups he’s got in his locker.

    你可以從一個人置物櫃裡有多少湯包,來推斷他在金錢上過得多好。

  • Plus, ramen can also make a nasty weapon.

    另外,拉麵也能夠做成可怕的武器。

  • They would wet it and wrap it with newspaper. It hardens.

    他們會先把麵泡軟,然後包裹到報紙上。接著它便會硬化。

  • You know, when you have a dry piece of fruit or something that gets so hard, and it gets to a point where you start sharpening it,

    這就好像把水果乾之類的東西放很長一段時間之後會變得非常硬,硬到你能把它削尖,

  • and it creates a shank where you insert in somebody and then you could break it in.

    形成了一根尖棍讓你能直接朝其他人捅下去然後折斷。

  • Cigarettes are old news. Toiletries and tinned fish are where it's really at.

    香菸已經過時了。盥洗用品和魚罐頭才是現今的重點。

  • Food seasoning also serves as a lucrative side hustle for enterprising inmates working the kitchen detail.

    對在廚房工作的囚犯們來說,調味料也是個賺快錢的好機會。

  • Basic staples like black pepper and chili powder are too easily weaponized in fights to be readily available at the canteen.

    要把像是黑胡椒和辣椒粉等在食堂中就能直接取用的基本調味品變身成武器更是輕而易舉。

  • It’s why the kitchen is such a coveted job, especially if someone is looking to exploit and take advantage of the rules.

    這就是大家都想去廚房工作的原因,特別是對那些想要利用規則並鑽漏洞的人來說。

  • You could sell just about anything that comes out of that kitchen, you know, and there’s people that live off that.

    幾乎只要是從廚房拿出來的任何東西都能拿來賣,而且有人就是以此為生的。

  • Though maybe it isn’t quite right to ignore tobacco’s enduring appeal, at least in the UK.

    不過完全忽視香菸一直以來的吸引力也不完全正確,至少對英國來說是如此。

  • Inflation bites even inside, and the costs have ballooned over the last decade, in part due to an often ignored smoking ban inside prisons.

    通貨膨脹甚至連監獄裡都感受的到,而香菸的價格在過去的十年間膨脹數倍,其中部分原因在於常被囚犯們無視的監獄內吸菸禁令。

  • In late 2021, a single packet of cigarette papers worth 59p in an ordinary shop was worth £5, at least in one Staffordshire prison.

    在 2021 年末,一包在普通的商店中僅賣 59 便士的捲菸紙在監獄中價值 5 英鎊,至少在斯塔福德監獄是如此。

  • One inmate even demanded £4 for a strike of a match.

    一名囚犯甚至為一根火柴開價 4 英鎊。

  • Rolling tobacco worth £12.50 in a supermarket trades for £1,000 in several jails across the country.

    在超市中售價 12.5 英鎊的捲菸菸草,在全國多個監獄中能賣到 1000 英鎊。

  • Are you alright?

    你還好嗎?

  • Drugs form another cornerstone of the prison economy.

    毒品則是監獄經濟的另一個基石。

  • It’s hardly news that jails around the world are awash with narcotics.

    全球各地的監獄中充斥著毒品早已不是什麼新聞。

  • First time I took it, I smoked it like a spliff, and the guy said, "Yeah, that’s a big mistake."

    我第一次抽的時候就像吸大麻煙那樣大吸了一口,然後那個人就說:「你可真是犯了個大錯。」

  • For those who fall into debt with their dealers, the consequences are often severe, with beatings and worse, a very real threat.

    那些欠毒販錢而債台高築的囚犯們通常會面臨嚴酷的下場,除了被痛打一頓外還會面臨另一個非常真實的威脅。

  • I mean, there’s men, quite frankly, they get raped, they get killed.

    我是說,有些人,老實說,直接被強暴,甚至是被殺掉了。

  • The last decade has seen an explosion in the prevalence of spice, the synthetic cannabis alternative.

    過去十年被稱為「香料」的合成大麻替代物開始大量出現。

  • It’s potent, addictive, and often leads to crippling prison debt.

    它的效果強大、成癮性高,而且通常會讓人在監獄中債台高築。

  • What might be cheap and nasty outside is a very different beast in HMP.

    在外面看起來只是便宜而可畏的藥物,但在監獄中可是張牙舞爪的猛獸。

  • The smooth working of the prison economy can be crucial in reducing tensions.

    監獄經濟的順利運作對於降低內部緊張有著關鍵作用。

  • In the autumn of 2021, Ghanaian ex-prisoner Tetteh Teye took to the radio to talk up the importance of weed in the country’s jails.

    在 2021 年秋季時,迦納前囚犯 Tetteh Teye 在廣播節目上述說了該國監獄中大麻的重要性。

  • The authorities, he claimed, were well aware of the booming trade and often turned a blind eye.

    他聲稱當局對監獄內蓬勃發展的大麻交易相當清楚,卻通常會睜一隻眼閉一隻眼。

  • The system required a steady supply to inmates, who needed it to keep them in good spirits.

    整個系統需要穩定地將大麻供給給囚犯,好讓他們能安分守己。

  • Without it, violence often rises.

    沒有了大麻,暴力便會發生。

  • The Ghanaian press recently reported several cases of prison guards bringing in Indian hemp, which is then sold on to prisoners, who in turn could sell it to fellow inmates.

    迦納的新聞媒體最近報導了數起獄卒將印度大麻帶進監獄,接著賣給囚犯,然後囚犯在賣給其他獄友的事件。

  • The prison economy isn’t so different from that in the outside world.

    監獄經濟和牆外世界的經濟並沒有多大不同。

  • Money talks.

    有錢的最大。

  • Where there’s a will, there’s generally a way, even behind bars.

    只要有心就能找出賺錢的辦法,就算被關在監獄裡也一樣。

  • Media reports suggest at least one employee was sacked for his part in the Brazilian Christmas party, while three inmates have been transferred to other institutions.

    媒體報導至少有一名監獄員工因為巴西的聖誕派對而被解雇,而有三名囚犯被轉移到了其他的地方。

  • According to embarrassed authorities, the investigation is still ongoing.

    根據備感尷尬的當局所說,目前調查仍在持續進行當中。

The underground economy is real in prison, and people who don't understand it can get into a lot of trouble.

監獄裡的地下經濟是真實存在的,而不夠了解運作方式的囚犯會惹禍上身。

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