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Prison Architect is a simulation/management game developed and published by Introversion Software. It was released on October 6, 2015.

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What is this icon next to the inmates name tag?

I sometimes see this, and I'm not sure what it is. Next to an inmates name, it will have an icon (drugs in this case) and I can't seem to find online anywhere what this is, or what causes it: I ...
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Prison Architect. Zone Updates cause freezes. Any cure?

Game fps dropping down to 1 fps for 1-2 secs every 15-30 secs. I found that it happens during zones updates (zone i mean rules per each zone accessible via "Positioning"). I guess that it is mainly ...
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Are security levels a gradation of something or just incomparable classes for easy management?

Do guards behave with them differently? Also, wiki sources tell us to assign "protected custody" to one kind of prisoners and "supermax" to another. If I assign them vise versa would it work the same?...
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Where is the program scheduler on the iPad version?

I am trying to schedule an alcoholics counseling program to a specific common room on the iOS (ipad) version of Prison Architect. I have micromanagement unlocked, and I have the program created, but ...
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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 you get soldiers in Prison Architect without losing or mods?

I saw a friend have soldiers in his game, he had no mods, and it was not a Game-Over situation. How can I do that? I accidentally did It once, but I don't know how.
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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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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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Is it safe to put multiple snitches and ex-cops in a dormitory?

My prison is getting quite large, and I have finally gotten past my serious issue of the "Unknown Reputation" inmates turning out to be snitches and ex-cops, by marking all that have unknown ...
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How can I get the shop worker's luxuries need met?

The only method I have found to satisfy the "luxuries" need for inmates is via a shop. My problem is that the inmate who works there is one of the biggest troublemakers because his luxuries need is ...
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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 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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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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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 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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Workshop - not producing anything at all

So I was doing a grant - producing 30 license plates. I have qualified prisoners who passed the workshop safety test and they go to the workshop during every work time. The problem I'm having is ...
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How much Mail is delivered per Prisoner?

My Mail Rooms are currently overflowing with Unsorted Mail, and I haven't been able to stop it. I currently have 7 Mail Rooms employing 5 Prisoners each, and the prison contains around 650 Prisoners. ...
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Why aren't there any books in my prison library?

I have a sizeable prison library, and several workers assigned to work there. I recently just read on this Reddit post that you need a sorting desk for each worker, but the problem that I'm having is ...
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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 folder,...
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Prison Architect- Dog Patrols don't work [closed]

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 crates, but 10 of them still ...
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Exporting Game Bible pages in Prison Architect?

The game bible pages that we collect contain design notes that I'm really curious to read. But reading them in-game is greatly inconvenient. I'd love for a way to export them and read on a kindle or ...
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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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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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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 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 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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Will shakedowns and cell searchs reveal tunnels?

For a while now, I've suspected but just now confirmed that after a whole prison shakedown (2381 items/inmates searched), which was performed while they were sleeping (so there was no passing of goods ...
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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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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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During a riot, what do prisoners have to reach to get 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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On Ps4 prison architect how do I remove the tunnels

I can not remove the tunnels on PS4, so can anyone help me?
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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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Can I re-assign an office in prison architect?

Staff automatically choose their office (I think they choose the oldest existing office room) when I hire them. Can I assign them to the office I want? This would be useful to put staff near places ...
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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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What is going on here? An inmate beatdown?

I have a Protective Custody (PC) dormitory for snitches and ex-cops, and I have one that is "Extremely Volatile". I didn't get the usual flash of a guard icon when there is a fight, and there's no ...
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Is the toilet in the “Shared Cell” just not enough for the prisoners is contains?

I thought I would try out the Quick Build, "Shared Cell". This is a dormitory with 2 bunk beds and 1 toilet. I polished it up with a Bookcase, TV, radio, shower/drain, window, payphone, and a chair. ...
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Is it possible to disable spawning of specific vehicles?

Through modding or otherwise, is it possible to disable the spawning of specific vehicles, i.e. hearses when prisoners die?
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Is Re-enabling Misconduct Broken?

I recently disabled Misconduct in my prison using these instructions. Find "EnabledMisconduct". Next to the first time it comes up, it should say "true". Change it to "false". I did this about a ...
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Dirty clothes at the reception

I have a laundry where 4 prisoners work (4 washers, 3 carts, 2 boards), 5 janitors and yet, my reception is filled with dirty clothes that no one bothers to pick up. The normal laundry cycle seems to ...
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How do I estimate the requirements for my laundry?

When building a laundry for my prison, how do I calculate how many laundry machines, ironing boards and laundry baskets I need and how large the laundry room needs to be to ensure all my 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 ...
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Prison Architect: Campaign Level 3 won't advance

I am playing campaign level 3 in Prison Architect. I've completed everything in the todo list - it's empty. I saw the cutscene where the CEO tells Benedict that each incarcerated prisoner is worth 73K ...
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Is having a mail room worth it?

I wanted to have at least one of every room in my prison, to make a better environment for my inmates. This includes a mail room. I know that mail helps ease the 'Family' need, but I'm seeing more ...
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Why are my cells counted as different cell blocks?

I've tried rebuilding cells and the foundations of the cell blocks, but my cells keep getting counted as individual cell blocks. I've posted images of the cell block in deployment and live mode. What ...
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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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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 to restrict areas to specific types of prisoners [duplicate]

So, here we have how my new prison currently looks. However, I ran into issues when it comes to keeping the prisoners to where they belong. I have 3 cell blocks, the grey ones are currently open to ...
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how do I get access to the single visitor set up (not visitor table)?

I see a lot of prisons where visitation is not at a visitor table but one on one through a window. It seems like it would help get rid of all that contraband, but I do not seem to have the option (...
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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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Prison Architect, are prisoners supposed to go outside of their cell to do things?

I've been playing Prison Architect for a while now, I have all the rooms, and everything set. However, my prisoners don't go outside of their cell, even at feeding time. I don't know if they're ...