Prison Architect is a simulation/management game by Introversion Software.

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Bed Graphics Glitch

This just started happening today, so I assume it has something to do with Update 7. When the Worker picked up the Bed from Storage, this happened. When I tried to get a screenshot, it disappeared. ...
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Is Prison Architect playable without a keyboard?

I'd like to play Prison Architect on my Microsoft Surface 3. I have the Type Cover, I just prefer to use it as a tablet. The pen is capable of left-click and right-click without using the keyboard. In ...
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Not able to designate a Dormitory as Protective Custody

I recently acquired two Ex Law Enforcement prisoners, and I want to keep them from getting shanked. I created a larger cell with many amenities, which should take care of most of their needs except ...
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Prisoners not Using Phones

Long story short, my Prisoners' Family need is very high. I have built a phone booth room, but no Prisoners are using it! Here is a quote from the PA Wiki: Prisoners will use phone booths ...
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No Prisoner Release Money

I have a prison with a couple hundred Prisoners, so every hour or so one is Released. The way I see it, as soon as they exit the map, you get a $3,000 Prisoner Release Reward. This happens most of the ...
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Why can't I build anything on these tiles?

I can't seem to build anything on these 2 particular tiles, including objects, utility and foundation. In utility view, I noticed that one of the tiles is solid black, while another has a black ...
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Will Snitches attack each other?

I have recently acquired a Prisoner that is both a Snitch and Deadly. Therefore I am hesitant to cast him as Protective Custody. Will he attack my other PC Prisoners?
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How important is Temperature?

In Update 4, Introversion introduced a Temperature system into the game, and in Updates 5 & 6 it was improved upon. I haven't built a prison with Temperature included, so how important is it? I ...
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Updating Workshop Items

I recently uploaded a prison to the Workshop, and am ready to upload a new version. I know there is a ChangeLog section where you can view updates, but I can't find a way to change the file. My Owner ...
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Building utilities on a wall corner

I am building a rather large prison all at once, and have run into a problem. I built cell blocks en masse, and then built the utilities. This is causing this to happen: The builders cannot reach ...
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Protective custody prisoners not assigned to their cells

I have some recurrent issues with protective custody prisoners; I built a dedicated wing (marked as protective custody only) but nevertheless: when I "promote" a prisoner to protective custody, I ...
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My prisoners won't use my canteen [duplicate]

Recently I've bought Prison Architect, and I'm making a prison. I've built a canteen and kitchen and assigned prisoners to the canteen. The problem is, my prisoners won't go to the canteen to eat, ...
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How do I get a janitor to clean a prison cell?

I have several janitors in my prison, and they spend the majority of their time mopping up blood and urine (unsung heroes of the correctional system, no doubt) and doing laundry. They do not, however, ...
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Is having a prison yard completely necessary?

I've gone through several iterations of prison design so far, and it seems the only need that ever gets satisfied in the Yard is Exercise. Can that need be fulfilled with the use of a weight bench or ...
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Foundation issue between buildings

I have a cell block that I want to connect to a newer cell block. I created the foundation, then wanted to create a secure inside tunnel (with regular foundation) between the two for ease of workers, ...
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Multiple Canteens and Kitchens in my prison

I tried making multiple cell blocks, with each trying to be relatively self-sustainable (for each cell block, a shower, canteen, yard) but even though a canteen was closer to prisoner's cells, they ...
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Can a prisoner leave a gang? If so, How?

I've got a lot of gang members in my prison. I've succeeded to limit the recruitment of new members ( By isolating all lieutenants and the leaders in separate buildings), but I still have a lot of ...
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No policy for murder?

Why their is no policy punishment for murder in this game? My assassin just end-up with the punishment for "agravated injury"
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How can I stop guards congregating in yards?

I have a legendary prisoner who owing to his murdering tendencies needs to be kept in an isolated super max cell. In it, he has access to most things that he needs including a yard. The theory is ...
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Does general education do anything?

I know that the general education program is required for one of the grants. However, does having a prisoner complete the general education program give any advantage other then counting towards ...
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How do I stop protected custody prisoners mixing with the general population?

I built a small Protected Custody wing for snitches, ex-law, and other at-risk prisoners. The wing is enclosed and includes both a yard and a canteen, and all the cells have all the amenities a ...
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How to upload a mod to Steam Workshop

I have been developing a mod for Prison Architect recently, and now I believe it should be added the the Steam Workshop. I've looked around, and this post says to . . . put it in your PA mod ...
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What is the most effective way to start a riot in my prison?

For an achievement you need to stop a riot of 50 or more prisoners in your prison. However, I seem to be ineffective at pissing off my prisoners to a point where they riot. So what would be the most ...
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Why can't I build a pipe here in Prison Architect?

I'm trying to connect plumbing up for a toilet in a cell, but the game won't let me build a small or large pipe here. Is there a reason why?
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In Prison Architect, can external staff members (e.g. teachers) access Staff Only areas?

In Prison Architect, can external staff members (e.g. teachers) access Staff Only areas? 2nd similar question. Can visitors go through Staff Only or MinSec(Med/High) Only areas?
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How do I respond to a virus outbreak in Prison Architect?

Prison Architect 1.0 includes random events, one of which is a virus outbreak. The doctor reports that you should quarantine the sick prisoners to prevent it from spreading, and the tasks list shows ...
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How do I get a red status light?

How do I make a status light turn red? I'm able to make it turn green by hooking it up to a power switch. My assumption is that by sending the signal through a NOT logic gate first that the status ...
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How long is one year?

How long is one year in Prison Architect in terms of game days real life minutes when played at normal speed Bonus points if you know the ratio between normal speed and max fast forward speed.
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What is this dog sniffing out here?

Sometimes my dogs go crazy and report lots of tunnels with a big icon and leave some yellow flags behind. What exactly does he find, because no tunnel shows up and it is also mostly on the inside of ...
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Can I clear an area of my prison for everyone BUT max security prisoners?

How can I make sure that only low and medium security inmates are in a specific area? Is it possible to reverse the overlay you can set? It seems like you are only able to clear areas for low OR ...
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How do I start digging a tunnel under my toilet?

Prison Architect has just released their new escape mode. Its pretty cool, but I dont know how to start digging a tunnel. I find the wooden pick-axe, bring it back to my cell and left click. However, ...
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How do you remove the supply of stolen tools?

In prison Architect how do you remove the supply of stolen tools?
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Why does my canteen says no prisoners assigned?

For some reason after i build my canteen it shows a warning that says "No prisoners assigned to this canteen" and i have no idea why. My prison is fenced in and no staff only areas are blocking ...
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How do gang claims interact with the alcoholics group therapy program?

With the newly arrived version Alpha 35, gangs can claim yards and common rooms, which means that members of other gangs can no longer use them without getting attacked and non-gang prisoners need to ...
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What's the point of having a morgue? [duplicate]

Whenever a prisoner or staff member is killed, a hearse drives up and immediately takes them away. Knowing that the morgue is a source of contraband, what is the purpose of even having one?
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Why are many of my prisoners staying in their holding cell?

Although there is plenty of space for the 170 prisoners in my prison (capacity: 210), the prisoners stay in holding cells instead and leave many individual cells completely unoccupied. I can tell ...
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How to interpret the Reform Programs tab in Prison Architect?

In Prison Architect, the user can start/stop reform programs via a tab -- see image for details: I understand that each program has a certain capacity, which is shown by the light gray squares. ...
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How to increase delivery trucks

So I've played prison architect for a long time but had a long break between a few alphas ago and the current version. I just got back into it and made a really successful prison. After playing for ...
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Log-on Money Bug

I have just recently noticed a weird bug. Whenever I disable a mod, when I hit 'Play', it gives me $24,500 for a Grant Completion. Every time. It's definitely a bug, because I currently running 3 ...
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How to re-route save folder destination

I have a flash drive where I keep all of my game save backups, and it would be nice to have it automatically save there. Is there a way that I can re-route the save folder destination to my flash ...
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Who is this green guy?

I just recently acquired a green/blue prisoner. I have never seen one before, so I don't know what to do. Is he one of those 'convicted guards/staff members' or something? Do I need to put him in a ...
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Prison just sitting there

I've been developing a prison for a while, and something weird is going on: Nothing is happening! For the first day or so, I kept getting TODO: Escort Prisoner to Cell in the Tasks list, but the ...
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Is there a limit to the number of rooms of a given type in Prison Architect?

Background Information I've been experimenting with making a separate "prison unit" for each inmate type (Minimum Security, Medium Security, Max Security, Protective Custody, etc.). I am trying to ...
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What equipment do I need for the Alcoholism Program?

I want to start the alcoholism program for my prisoners, but as you can see in the screenshot below it is flashing "NO EQUIPMENT". However, as far as I can tell I have everything I need. I have a ...
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How do I activate a Prison Architect steam code?

So I bought a special edition of Prison Architect, but I don't know how to activate the code. Do I have to enter the code somewhere in the game? or somewhere else? I have the 'Prison Architect Name in ...
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Why arent all of my workmen working?

I have ~15 workmen in my prison, and most of them seem to be standing around doing nothing. I just started a huge fence project and only 1 of them is building the fence. The rest are standing around ...
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Programs too slow and prisoners not attending to them in Prison Architect

My prisoners' needs are low And this is my daily regime But my programs are really slow and only 2-3 people attending to classes. I'm waiting for days but still just 8 prisoners passed. Can you ...
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Escape tunnels under roads?

I really have no clue how to get rid of escape tunnels under roads. I have tried everything, I cant build over them, I cant simply get rid of them. Any help?
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No food deliveries in my prison

I have a huge prison with a working canteen and kitchen but I'm getting no food deliveries. Is it a bug or am I being stupid.
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Why is this building still requiring an entrance?

Just as the title says, I have a building with an entrance, that still requires and entrance.