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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Will Snitches attack each other?

I have recently acquired a Prisoner that is both a Snitch and Deadly. Therefore I am hesitant to cast him as Protective Custody. Will he attack my other PC Prisoners?
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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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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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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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Protective custody prisoners not assigned to their cells

I have some recurrent issues with protective custody prisoners; I built a dedicated wing (marked as protective custody only) but nevertheless: when I "promote" a prisoner to protective custody, I ...
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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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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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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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How to tell who lives in a Cell

Is there any way to find out which Prisoner occupies a certain Cell, either by looking at the save or in-game?
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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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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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Not able to designate a Dormitory as Protective Custody

I recently acquired two Ex Law Enforcement prisoners, and I want to keep them from getting shanked. I created a larger cell with many amenities, which should take care of most of their needs except ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to stop morning Riots?

Every morning in my prison, when all of the Prisoners wake up for Shower time, as soon as they get to the Showers they all start fighting (in every Shower). I'm not sure exactly why, because the only ...
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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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Programs too slow and prisoners not attending to them in Prison Architect

My prisoners' needs are low And this is my daily regime But my programs are really slow and only 2-3 people attending to classes. I'm waiting for days but still just 8 prisoners passed. Can you ...
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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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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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How many Connections are needed for Phone Taps?

I am connecting a large amount of Phone Booths to Taps for illegal NSA wiretapping stopping Contraband. In the past, I have used two-way connections between Taps and Booths, but I like to keep my ...
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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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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 Aficionado,...
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How important is Temperature?

In Update 4, Introversion introduced a Temperature system into the game, and in Updates 5 & 6 it was improved upon. I haven't built a prison with Temperature included, so how important is it? I ...
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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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I cant build holding cell kitchen or Canteen help!

Well, basically, I started the game, read the CEO's letter, got the grant and built the requirements for the holding cell, but it won't let me designate it. Why not? Its happening for my canteen, too....
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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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Is there probation after the full sentence is served?

After an inmate serves his full sentence, is there any sort of probation or supervision where they will have to report, and get permission to move out of state?
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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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No Prisoner Release Money

I have a prison with a couple hundred Prisoners, so every hour or so one is Released. The way I see it, as soon as they exit the map, you get a $3,000 Prisoner Release Reward. This happens most of the ...