You can see where contraband can be found using the
Intelligence menu, once you have researched
Contraband. This will show you which rooms contain contraband that can be stolen by any prisoner in those rooms. The
Intelligence system can also show you where contraband has recently been discovered, including a trail back to the source of the contraband and who the owner of the contraband was.
There are two ways to automatically detect contraband on prisoners:
- Metal detectors will detect any metal contraband on a prisoner who walks through it- including most tools and weapons. If a prisoner sets it off, they will immediately be flagged for a search.
- Dog Patrols will detect smelly contraband such as drugs on any nearby prisoners. As with metal detectors, prisoners will be flagged for a search.
Putting metal detectors at the exits to the to the dining room and workshop, dogs outside the visitation room and keeping rooms that prisoners shouldn't have access to in staff only areas will allow you to find most of the contraband.
You can also detect contraband through the use of Informants. Prisoners who are receiving extremely harsh punishments (those in solitary for rioting for example) can be recruited as informants and will spy on other inmates for you. This will tell you which inmates have contraband. Bear in mind, however, that if an informant is discovered, his life will be in danger.