When I enter the Logistics view to assign prisoners to jobs, (see image) some of the icons that appear when I click on a work area are red, and sometimes they are white. I haven't been able to find anything online that can tell me what the color difference means. Does anyone already know what to do?

I can tell that it doesn't relate to the max jobs vs. qualified prisoners, because those numbers don't match.

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White icons are unfilled spots, meaning that a qualified worked could take that spot but is not yet assigned to the room. The orange/red icons are filled slots, meaning a qualified inmate is already assigned to that job in that room.

  • Oh, makes sense, that hadn't occurred to me. I always just assumed that inmates jumped at the chance, so to speak, and took whatever job was available. Thanks!
    – Tim S.
    Jun 4, 2016 at 7:04
  • @TimS. you might also have inmates that are qualified for multiple jobs, if they pick one then the other places they qualify for will be left blank. Jun 4, 2016 at 7:07
  • That just occurred to me after reading your answer -- it could explain why my workshop has been perpetually empty even with 2 qualified inmates. Thanks.
    – Tim S.
    Jun 4, 2016 at 7:10
  • Is it just qualified inmates? As far as I remember it's the number of job slots you have assigned rather than the number of qualified prisoners available.
    – Rory
    Jun 4, 2016 at 10:06
  • You can assign inmates there until the cows come home, but if nobody is qualified, they won't start working there.
    – Tim S.
    Jun 6, 2016 at 17:56

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