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

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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 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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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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Do prisoners ever finish their sentence and get released?

So when you click on a prisoner, it will show his sentence, but it's all in years. Does a year equate to an in-game day, or if a sentence if 1 year then the prisoner literally stays for 365 days?
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Will leaving corpses lying around upset my prisoners?

I see questions/information online about how to get rid of corpses but I'm not sure what the consequences to having them lying around are. I know that I can use a morgue to store them and that they ...
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Is there any benefit to accepting high risk prisoners?

I can't seem to work out the difference between high-, medium- and low-risk prisoners. I can see that high-risk prisoners are more likely to be violent, but do I get more money for taking them in? Or ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I control the rate at which new prisoners arrive?

I don't want to be flooded and descend into chaos. I want to build a prison that lasts.
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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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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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In Prison Architect, how do you set an area to be accessible only to staff

In Prison Architect, I heard that in Alpha 10 you can set an area to be staff only. How do I do that? Can it be used to prevent escapes?
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What is the bare minimum for a functioning prison?

When you start in sandbox mode, you're greeted with a large empty space and left to fend for yourself. What are the bare minimum constructions that are absolutely mandatory to get your prison up to ...
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How do I get the new prisoners into my prison?

I just got my first batch of prisoners delivered to my half-functional dilapidated prison, and they're just milling around outside in the Deliveries area, not really doing anything. At least they're ...
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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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Cannot meet room requirements

I'm playing the new Prison Architect Alpha, but as soon as I'm out on my own, after the introduction, I cannot seem to meet ANY room requirements. For example - A holding cell... The requirements ...
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What is the purpose of a bin?

I've checked the wiki and can't find any information on what bins actually do in Prison Architect (though it is possible they don't have function yet). The in game tool tip is similarly vague: ...
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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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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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How to fix a cell that has tunnels?

How can I fix a cell with tunnels or holes? I tried destroy the wall and rebuild it without success. Any hints?
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How can I improve the prisoners education?

I made all the Grants but the one with the General Education Program. Because my Prisoners are to dump... I am on Day 40 and the General Education Program runs since the first Basic Education class is ...
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Can I change the controls?

I really want to get Prison Architect, but after watching Yogscast Sjin play it I've noticed that he says the scroll wheel and middle mouse button are prominent buttons. I have a trackball that has ...
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How do I create a cell block so I can search the whole block at once?

When building individual cell blocks, even if they're inside a single wall rectangle (fence around all cells and personnel can be assigned to guard it) it doesn't automatically count as one cell ...
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How can I delete the default delivery and garbage zones?

I am trying to remove the default delivery and garbage zones, but none of the demolish options let me. How can I delete the default delivery and garbage zones?
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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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Prisoners are leaving my holding cell

My guards take incoming prisoners and put them in the holding cell but the problem is, as soon as the guard opens the door to bring a new prisoner in, the ones already in the holding cell leave the ...
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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 Architect- Prisoners won't leave truck

I've tried everything I can think of to fix this problem, but I give up now. The delivery place is in the right location, I have no fences, it's not being blocked by anything. The delivery timer will ...
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How can I avoid mass amounts of contraband in prison?

I had a pretty dangerous rating in my prison (the bar at the top) and constant beat ups and small scale riots. So I decided to do a shakedown. Which resulted in this: But this was just the ...
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How to incorporate individual cells into existing cell blocks?

I'm having a problem with my new cell block. I created it the same as the last one but I can't seem to manage to incorporate the individual cells with the existing cell block. This is making it really ...
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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 a while, the first day or so, I kept getting "TODO: Escort Prisoner to Cell"; the guards would ...
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Can I move the road to the center of the map?

I would like for my delivery road to pass through the center of the map. I have built a road but it wont connect off the map. Can I move the road to the center of the map?
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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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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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Why did my other kitchen stop making food?

I have 2 kitchens, one is for MAX-sec and the other is shared. When I built the second kitchen(Max) the other isn't making food anymore. I was about to make a third kitchen for Med but then I saw ...
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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 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 ...
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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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How do I Feed all Prisoners?

One of the goals that shows up in your checklist is to feed all your prisoners. So, in order to feed my inmates, I've built a kitchen and canteen. That allows my inmates to sit down and enjoy some ...
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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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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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Can a door control system deal with more than 1 door

My prison entrance has a 2 door system that always slows people down. I'd like to replace these with remote doors, but I cant seem to get the second door wired up. It seems like the game is only ...
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How can I expand already built rooms?

If I build foundations connecting to the existing room and remove the partitioning wall, the space where the division-wall was is "outside".
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How can I heal my prisoners?

I currently have a medical ward built, with two doctors assigned to it as well as a psychologist. I have completed the Health and Well Being grant. I have many hurt prisoners, but I can't figure out ...
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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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What version do I have?

Prison Architect has multiple versions available on Steam and I'm wondering which edition I bought when I bought it. Through the DLC menu in the game's properties I can tell I have at least ...
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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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Prison Architect- Dog Patrols don't work

I have 40 dogs and around 10 - 15 patrol routes with dogs assigned to them. But only on about half the routes dogs are present. Most of the Dogs are bugging around their boxes but 10 of them still are ...