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

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During a riot, what do prisoners have to get to to steal guns?

From Alpha 17 if prisoners decide to have a little riot, the most dangerous prisoners will target your armoury and attempt to arm themselves with shotguns and the like. I'd like to know a bit more ...
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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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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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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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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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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 you remove the supply of stolen tools?

In prison Architect how do you remove the supply of stolen tools?
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How do you become a prisoner in your own prison?

Since Alpha 20, Prison Architect includes a lose condition in which you are sentenced to serve jail time in your own jail. In this mode you lose control over your prison and instead gain direct ...
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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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How many prisoners can a Holding Cell hold?

The game recommends building a Holding Cell first thing, before trying to create individual cells for each prisoner. The Holding Cell can hold multiple prisoners, but obviously its capacity is not ...
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How do you get multiple saves?

In Prison Architect how do you get multiple saves? I can only have one autosave at a time, and if I make a new account it gets deleted!
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Why are the trucks getting stuck in front of my prison?

I'm having some trouble with the trucks that deliver prisoners and items in Prison Architect. They are all stuck on the road, not moving and no ingredients can get to my cooks. My prisoners are ...
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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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Can we access the developer menus in Prison Architect?

In the Prison Architect new alpha release videos (as seen here for Alpha 18) there are a number of fun looking development tools that it would be nice to play with. Specifically, there is a spawn ...
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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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My cells are saying that they arent enclosed

So I build my cells like I've done before but they don't seem to work, it says they've not been enclosed but they have. I don't know what to do, I destroyed and rebuilt them and nothing happens.
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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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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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Do harder floors prevent tunneling?

Apparently everyone in my prison has either seen or read The Shawshank Redemption because they can't get enough of digging escape tunnels. Does the material of the floor of an inmate's cell make it ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Cannot run programs in my prison

I am trying to run a Behavioral Therapy program in my prison and I think I get all necessary requirements. I have a psychologist and a full office empty with many chairs. But the program continue to ...
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One of my cooks died, how do I get rid of the corpse?

When a prisoner dies it is usually transported outside automatically, but my prison's chef have been assassinated and its corpse have been transported to infirmary medical bed. After more than a week ...
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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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Where are save files located?

Since Steam Cloud support isn't implemented yet, we still have to move the save file around if we move computers, so where are they located?
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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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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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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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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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Is carpentry worth it?

In Prison Architect you can fell trees to get wood. Prisoners which completed the carpenter apprenticeship program can then use these to produce "high quality beds" in the workshop which sell for much ...
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My prisoners wont move from the holding to cell to the actual cell

I have a cell block with 25 cells but none of my prisoners will move there from the holding cell. I have working power and water beds and toilets they are separate from each other it has all the ...
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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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Is There a Way to Disable User-Created Prisoner Names/Bios?

Just as the title says. There are a LOT of terribly written names and biographies for prisoners that really ruin what immersion there is, and I haven't seen anything pertaining to this yet. So, there ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I add prisoners in Prison Architect?

I did not tick fog of war and add prisoners forever. I have cells, kitchen, office, canteen, yard. How do I add prisoners?
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How can I make my prisoners leave their cell?

My prisoners are stuck in their cell block/individual cells. One left his cell to go to the shower but that is connected to the cell block. None of them will leave to go eat, work, etc. They are not ...