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Prison Architect Alpha 34
Posted by Chris on 30th June 2015
 
Alpha 34 has been released! Steam users will be automatically updated. Non-steam users can download the latest version from the builds page here:
http://www.prison-architect.com/builds.html

You need an active forum account to access the builds from our website. If you haven’t already done so, please register your game here to gain access to the builds, the private forums, the bug database and the wiki.
http://www.prison-architect.com/register

Here is our video demonstrating the new features:


= Gangs
Some prisoners will now have gang allegiences upon entering your prison.
This can make those prisoners much harder to deal with, as they will work to defend each other during trouble.

This is an optional feature, enabled by ticking the new "Gangs" tickbox in the New Map screen.
(Nb. You can also hack gangs into an existing prison by adding 'EnabledGangs true' to the top of the .prison file)

More dangerous / higher security prisoners are more likely to be gang members.

- Gang members can be identified visually by their full body tattoos
- Gang members will always come to the aid of their fellow gang member when fights break out.
This includes coming to the aid of a fellow gang member involved in a fight with guards.

- Gang members more likely to try to steal weapons, and more likely to carry them rather than stash them
- Gang members will not participate in any voluntary reform programs
- Gang members will not work for the prison

- New view : Intelligence => Gangs. Highlights all known gang members and shows the total number of members of each gang.

Nb. This is part 1 of a larger feature.


= New room: Shop
- Requires shelves and a shop front. The shop front should go on a wall such that prisoners can acces the shop front from a corridoor.

- Shop goods will be brought into the prison in the usual way, and taken to the shop.
- Prisoners can work in the shop, and will unpack the boxes of goods onto the shelves.
- Prisoners can buy items from the shop to help with their needs:
- Soap, shampoo etc for Hygene
- Towels, blankets etc for Comfort
- Magazines for entertainment
- Snacks for Hunger

- All prisoners are now paid a fixed wage of 50 cents per hour when working for the prison
- Items in the shop cost $5 each
- Prisoner wages and shop takings are now shown in the daily cashflow report (updated at midnight)

- Prisoners are more inclined to participate in voluntary training programs, and will concentrate harder,
when there is a shop on site. (They want to earn that wage to buy things for themselves).

- The shop is a potential source of smuggled contraband


= Asian language support
The game now supports asian character sets, paving the way for translations into
Japanese
Chinese
Korean
etc

- Mail room (continued)
- Fixed: Mail satchels would be endlessly delivered in certain circumstances
- You can now dump mail satchels if you end up with too many


- Escape tunnels (continued):
- Each member of a dig team now brings diminishing returns to the overall speed of digging.
This represents the fact that (say) 10 prisoners just couldn't dig all at once in one square.
Previously 4 prisoners would dig four times faster than just 1 prisoner.
it will now take 4 prisoners to dig twice as fast as just 1 prisoner
It will take 11 prisoners to dig three times as fast as just 1 prisoner

- Searching a toilet manually will now reveal any escape tunnels.
Nb this requires you specifically search the toilet itself, and does not apply if the toilet is searched
as part of a "search cell" or "search cell block" order

- Conventional fences no longer slow diggers down


- The research screen now flashes a warning if you are attempting to research an item,
but are missing the neccesary Administrator, or he does not have an office

- Emergency services personel no longer need to rest in a staff room

- More prisoner faces added to the sprite bank, for greater variety

= BUG FIXES
- 0003270: [Control & User Interface] Flashing Yellow area in deployment screen not explained
- 0004990: [Gameplay] Basic Detention Center fails to recognize completed rooms if other rooms are incomplete
- 0003318: [AI & Behaviour] Delivery Trucks fail to stop and unload (when delivery zone at bottom of the map)
- 0006493: [AI & Behaviour] prisoners use the same seat/phone/shower etc
- 0007248: [Mod System] Special Characters prevent mods from work
- 0008666: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners reading books will stop following regime and freeze up unable to fulfill needs.
- 0008916: [AI & Behaviour] Mail Room keeps ordering more Mail Satchels
- 0007670: [Control & User Interface] Spelling of bureaucratic in Chapel Description
- 0003271: [Gameplay] Clone Tool + Water
- 0007630: [AI & Behaviour] Gardeners and other AI vibrate when in 3x speed mode
- 0006067: [Gameplay] Prisoners are tunneling too fast (through perimeter wall)
- 0001166: [Gameplay] Guards wont take prisoners to Solitary Confinement, prisoner stuck in limbo
- 0008714: [AI & Behaviour] Some dump jobs are never done
- 0008766: [AI & Behaviour] Empty Parole Program slots not being filled despite long queue of eligible prisoners
- 0005953: [Graphics] Uniform's are sometimes under the bed
- 0006142: [Graphics] Render issues when stacking drains with other items
- 0008750: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners do not leave Transport Bus if reception is full of laundry
- 0005453: [Gameplay] Power Switch + Cctv Monitor = UNLIMITED VISIBIlITY!
- 0008996: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoner released during shower leaves naked
- 0000665: [Gameplay] pausing stops the limit-check for daily spending
- 0008034: [AI & Behaviour] Chefs Don't Cook
- 0008129: [Graphics] Death Row font too dark
- 0006952: [AI & Behaviour] In large prisons suboptimal transport job causes death of overdosing prisoners during transportation to infirmary
- 0005830: [Gameplay] Bureaucracy research never finishes if started during pause after firing warden
- 0002935: [Gameplay] Guard dogs kill prisoners
- 0007920: [AI & Behaviour] Unconscious dog and dead handler
- 0006228: [AI & Behaviour] Dog handlers can't get tazers anymore, but research says they can
- 0009032: [AI & Behaviour] Dead guards in hearse still have flashlight on
- 0003311: [AI & Behaviour] Guards escorting prisoners to from their cell to the same cell over and over
- 0008135: [AI & Behaviour] Dirty trays are being stacked outside canteen (in a remote solitary cell, for example)
- 0007151: [Gameplay] Truck drivers can be sacked
- 0006966: [AI & Behaviour] 0 demand for meals in the second hour of Eat
- 0003132: [Gameplay] Sometimes contraband is listed as "None"
- 0007437: [AI & Behaviour] Cooks Not Cooking
- 0007933: [Other] cooks wont cook (Cellblock assigned to non-canteen in logistics)
- 0008904: [AI & Behaviour] Laundry without door breaks near-by rooms
- 0008624: [AI & Behaviour] Riot Police get tired
- 0007675: [Graphics] Altar not displaying properly against a wall
- 0008988: [Save & Load] Last Game Save causes a Crash to Steam Client
- 0008946: [Gameplay] Library Books keep coming



 

Prison Architect Alpha 33
Posted by Chris on 28th May 2015
 
Alpha 33 has been released! Steam users will be automatically updated. Non-steam users can download the latest version from the builds page here:
http://www.prison-architect.com/builds.html

You need an active forum account to access the builds from our website. If you haven’t already done so, please register your game here to gain access to the builds, the private forums, the bug database and the wiki.
http://www.prison-architect.com/register

Here is our video demonstrating the new features:



= Cell Grading
All prison cells are now graded on quality/luxury, on a scale 0 - 10
Factors that can affect the cell grading:
- Room Size
- Outside facing window
- Desk & Chair
- Tv & Radio
- Bookshelf
- Shower

- Entitlement
Prisoners are entitled to better quality cells (if they exist) as they build up time for 'good behaviour'.
You can see a prisoner's good behaviour time in their tooltip.
One day good behaviour is worth one point of cell quality
As soon as they misbehave, they will lose their nicer cell and go back to quality 0.
Your guards will automatically swap prisoner room assignments from time to time, to try to match everyone to the right cell
New incoming prisoners are entitled to an 'Average' cell when they arrive

New view : Logistics -> Room Quality
Shows the current grading of all cells in your prison.
The colour coding gives a rough guide - green means excellent quality, red means por quality

Shows two numbers over each cell, in the form X / Y
- Y is the current grading of the cell
- X is the grade that the current occupant is entitled to

- Behavioural changes
Prisoner's chance to misbehave is now affected by the quality of their cell AS COMPARED TO AVERAGE
Eg a prisoner in a below-average cell is now more likely to misbehave than before
Prisoners staying in above-average cells are less likely to misbehave, because they want to keep their room


= Misbehaviour / Temperature changes
- Prisoner 'boiling point' now factors in punishment/reform/health/security
This means prisoners become less likely to misbehave over time, if you successfully punish/reform them, and take care of their health and security

- Prisoner tooltip now shows time since last misconduct (good behaviour time)

- Prisoners with long sentences ahead of them are now more likely to cause trouble than before

- A prisoners re-offending chance is now recorded when they first visit the prison.
This value is visible in their Rap Sheet, under 'Grading', in the tooltip for Re-offending rate.


= New room : Mail Room
Allows your prison to receive mail from the outside world - ie letters from inmates families
Bags of unsorted mail will arrive every day at 6am, and be taken to the mail room
Prisoners work within the mail room to sort the mail into satchels, ready for delivery
Prisoners or Guards then take those satchels around the prison and deliver the mail.
Prisoners experience gains in Family, Recreation and Comfort when reading mail
The incoming unsorted mail is a new source of smuggled contraband


- New item : Radio
An additional luxury item you can place in a cell to improve it
Prisoners can listen to a radio for recreation (very similar to the way Tv works)


- Deliveries, Garbage, and Exports must now be at least 1x3 (previously would have been ignored if less than 3 high)


- Fire (continued)
- Fire now destroys utilities like pipes and electrical cables
- Fire trucks will now leave dead and unconcious firemen behind
- Firemen now take 75% less damage from fire than other entities
- Entities now react better to fire - avoiding it where possible
- Fire-engine siren sound now shuts off correctly


= Bug Fixes
- Fixed: Sometimes loading a prisoner based on a Name-in-the-game resulted in corrupted body and head sprites
- Fixed: Movement commands from the player didn't show up unless the entity was itself on screen
- Fixed: Typing '%' into input fields causes the game to crash.


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Prison Architect Alpha 32
Posted by Mark on 30th April 2015
 
A couple of months ago we announced that we are going to finish Prison Architect in 2015. We've been working hard to fulfil that promise and as a result of April's bug bash we're happy to pin that down further and confirm that Prison Architect will be released in quarter four (Oct / Nov / Dec) 2015!

The team have smashed the previous bug fix record and submitted over 130 fixes and whilst that means that we don't have a content update for you this month, we hope you appreciate the stability, speed and simulation quality of the new build. Normal service will resume next month and please continue to log any issues that you may discover.

In other news we are trying to build our facebook engagement so if you have a moment, please head over and like our page.

You need an active forum account to access the builds from our website. If you haven’t already done so, please register your game here to gain access to the builds, the private forums, the bug database and the wiki.
http://www.prison-architect.com/register

Here is our video demonstrating the new features:


Death Row continued:
- A new item in the TODO list shows you the current status of your Death Row prisoners (chance of clemency)
- New game over event : Criminal Miscarriage of Justice. Occurs if you execute an inmate who is later exonerated of the crime (Nb. Will not happen if you have reduced his chance of clemency below the legal threshold)

- The lawyer can now provide a last line of legal defense.
If you are on warning (Eg too many deaths in one day), and you fear you will not be able to meet the requirements to avoid being fired, you can use your Lawyer to avert the Game Over event.
Nb. Can only be used once.


= BUG FIXES

- 0008706: [Save & Load] Autosave text is hard to see (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008675: [Save & Load] Text Inputs don't work - Save Game Menu broken (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008712: [Control & User Interface] [Regression] Dismantle utility one by one (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0003059: [Other] two of the same kind building arent supported very well (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0005122: [Gameplay] Wood is not sold if carpenter tables are in the prison (solution suggested!) (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0007271: [AI & Behaviour] Kitchen staff won't properly dispose of food trays, which accumulates and creates a major blockade (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0004101: [Control & User Interface] Programs starting or ending at noon show as 12am instead of 12pm (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0003780: [AI & Behaviour] Logs get sent to Exports on load (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0006323: [Graphics] Superior Beds are un-crated when moved from exports to trucks (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0001846: [Sound] Master Volume 0 is at Max volume (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0008347: [Gameplay] Execution Detail won't leave prisoner's cell when execution area full of lights (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0008456: [Control & User Interface] Cancelling utility cancels foundation first (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0002217: [AI & Behaviour] 2 kitchens cause cooks to run between the two unproductively. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0003967: [Gameplay] trays and pots with 1 cooked ingredient don't get used (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0003326: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoner Uniforms stay in (staff only?) delivery area (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008647: [Control & User Interface] Cctv, phone and door control wires problem. (achurch) - resolved.
- 0001834: [AI & Behaviour] Cooks have bad priorities for getting food (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008598: [Control & User Interface] clone tool behaving weird when on copy mode (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008455: [Control & User Interface] Completing tutorial (ESC?!?!) (achurch) - resolved.
- 0001863: [AI & Behaviour] Chefs will start a new batch of food before another one fills up, filling cooker slots unnecessarily (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0007734: [Gameplay] Cooks not preparing food in all kitchens (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008545: [Gameplay] Utilites screen (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008438: [Performance] Planning Tool Crashes (achurch) - resolved.
- 0007961: [AI & Behaviour] Food Distribution network not identifying Demand for staggered second midnight meal sitting. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008196: [Gameplay] Person can be put back on death row after clemancy. (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007164: [AI & Behaviour] Cooks taking trays to kitchens around the prison (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0003964: [AI & Behaviour] Cooks work although there is no kitchen defined (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008138: [AI & Behaviour] You can execute already executed prisoners (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008137: [AI & Behaviour] Reading prisoners will not follow lock down during execution (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0002559: [Control & User Interface] "Remove tunnels" material can be placed multiple times (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008437: [Control & User Interface] [TABLET] Controls on the Intake screen non-responsive, intake cannot be changed (achurch) - resolved.
- 0007148: [AI & Behaviour] Janitors will not deliver laundry to cell blocks if there is a different security designation in the way (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0007072: [AI & Behaviour] Staggered Eat sessions don't run smoothly (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0005435: [Gameplay] Ingredients (Cooking) are getting move to Storage (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0007829: [AI & Behaviour] Cooks do not prepare enough food due to food in storage (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008591: [Control & User Interface] Bureaucracy menu doesn't scale correctly (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008501: [Control & User Interface] Cannot see prisoner count (achurch) - resolved.
- 0001347: [Other] Multiple copies of a prisoner's family arrive at the same time (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0002070: [Control & User Interface] UI Indicators for Research Requirements (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0004223: [Gameplay] Single hire staff members can be hired more than once when the game is paused (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008191: [Gameplay] Prisoners with indefinate solitary/lockdown cannot be released (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008600: [Graphics] Utilities mode when launching tutorial (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0004572: [AI & Behaviour] Cooks take food to the staffroom (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008538: [Sound] Audio does not work after an Alarm from the Clock app (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008334: [Control & User Interface] Permanent Punishment is difficult to revoke (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008486: [Control & User Interface] Screen sensitivity too high (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008518: [Control & User Interface] Reports button also interacting with placing objects or materials (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008458: [Platform Specific Issues] CEO's letter crash (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008185: [Gameplay] Properly conducted execution gives penalty in Valuation tab (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0003320: [Performance] Prison Architect Crashes upon launch (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0004466: [Save & Load] Game crash when opening the language tab in the menu (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0008503: [Control & User Interface] You can't reopen the keyboard in the "Names in game tab" (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008548: [Graphics] Bureaucracy menu blue progress bars [Tablet] (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008495: [Control & User Interface] Bureaucracy, research information persists onscreen after exiting menu (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008494: [Control & User Interface] Clear Rooms selection creating its own room (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008419: [Control & User Interface] Unable to buy items after opening bureaucracy (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008462: [Control & User Interface] IPad version Home menu button still shows the (Esc) shortcut (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008549: [Control & User Interface] Player prompted to go to press 'H' (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008474: [Gameplay] Game crashes or lags IPAD Version (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008416: [Control & User Interface] Death notification does not locate the death (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008465: [Control & User Interface] Close / X button sizes different (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008413: [Control & User Interface] Options menu, "Time Lapse" appears but does nothing (achurch) - resolved.
- 0005458: [Gameplay] Prison Uniform (Dirty) not getting cleaned (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008573: [Other] Survey link in news feed doesn't work (achurch) - resolved.
- 0007263: [AI & Behaviour] The janitors are avoiding cleaning cells that are under lockup. (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0005822: [AI & Behaviour] Lockup for one security level affects shared as well (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008487: [Graphics] Windowed Mode Graphics Option (achurch) - resolved.
- 0008434: [Control & User Interface] Overwrite save game dialog is too small (half the size) (achurch) - resolved.
- 0001603: [Gameplay] Prisoners throw dirty clothing into walls (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0001400: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners walk out of prison (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0002003: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners escape, when unloading food from truck. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0002344: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners who work in the kitchen escape (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008454: [Save & Load] Loading non-existing save file "freezes" game (achurch) - resolved.
- 0004694: [Save & Load] Crash when i click on the saved game to load it. (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007769: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners not released if their sentence is served before they are taken to their cell (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0005066: [AI & Behaviour] Workers not hauling from trucks. (when delivery area needs cleaning) (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0006987: [Graphics] Phone Tap light not correctly placed after rotation (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0005005: [AI & Behaviour] no job to transport to lockdown for holding cell prisoners (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0001716: [AI & Behaviour] Prisioners will not go to sleep (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0002403: [AI & Behaviour] Cooks fill up Fridges outside Kitchen (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0000249: [AI & Behaviour] Time Warp Factor doesn't work in bureaucracy (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0000213: [Gameplay] Room size requirement only checked on tile bounding box. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0007681: [Control & User Interface] ToDo list says I have 10 visitors in 40 groups (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0000925: [Gameplay] Unassigning room tiles does not trigger requirement revalidation (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0000214: [Gameplay] Rooms can be made up of disconnected tiles (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0000372: [Gameplay] Placing walls does not subdivide existing rooms (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008387: [AI & Behaviour] [exploit?] cookers/fridges not needed to feed 1200 all-solitary prisoners (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0004517: [Control & User Interface] Can not (directly) dump Laundry Baskets (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0001679: [Gameplay] Wall and door on the same tile (door blocked by wall) (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0006207: [AI & Behaviour] Janitors will not do laundry if there is "staff only" access to the laundry room despite them being staff. (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0008390: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners take Laundry basket from Reception (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0006925: [Save & Load] You can sell your prison after it has already been sold (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0003772: [Gameplay] Riot guards get purchased body armour (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007697: [Gameplay] Forestry is built inside newly built foundations and trees planted (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0003365: [AI & Behaviour] If there is a tree in delivery area, can't start map (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007145: [AI & Behaviour] Items wont unload from truck (when building on the delivery zone) (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007055: [Gameplay] Workers won't leave truck if foundation is to be built over delivery area (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0000422: [Gameplay] Clone tool allows you to copy rooms when you don't have the money for it (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0006625: [Gameplay] Forestry on Road (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0007623: [Graphics] Prayer mat look weird when against a wall (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0007466: [Gameplay] Unlimited money through shares (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0003845: [Control & User Interface] Selling Shares Bug (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0008391: [AI & Behaviour] Searched Uniforms in reception get taken to Laundry (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0008392: [AI & Behaviour] Dead entity doesn't drop job (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007294: [Control & User Interface] Every other right mouse click is ignored (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0003462: [Gameplay] Armed Guard limit increased by uninstalled lockers (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0005757: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners "exercising" in giant clump in canteen (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0002668: [Control & User Interface] Unable to remove tunnel at edge of map (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008336: [Other] Crash on starting Introduction (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0005659: [Control & User Interface] Cannot disconnect CCTV or Remote Door Servo from Utilities Screen (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008259: [Gameplay] Adding punishment to a permanent lockdown/solitary prisoner results in over 8000 hours of punishment (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0006878: [Control & User Interface] Lack of staff results in misleading error message when trying to use a tool (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008065: [Gameplay] [Tutorial] Edward's cell occupied by newly arrived prisoner (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007703: [Graphics] When loading up a prison and entering bureaucracy, there is a visual bug with unstarted research (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008139: [AI & Behaviour] Doctors try to heal dead Prisoners an get stucked (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008213: [Gameplay] You can build drains on walls (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0008094: [AI & Behaviour] AI Paths everyone weirdly round drains (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0003375: [AI & Behaviour] Placement of visitor table and other objects does not clear planning indicator (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0004487: [Control & User Interface] Pathway planning markers won´t disappear (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0000246: [Gameplay] Delivery Trucks that cannot deliver will charge you again each time they retry (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0006950: [Gameplay] Ingredients not being delivered to kitchens that need them (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008156: [AI & Behaviour] Execution Detail pathing failure (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008157: [AI & Behaviour] Doctors are stuck in a loop, healing starving prisoners forever. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008257: [Control & User Interface] No error message when attempting to start an execution with no execution room (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008136: [AI & Behaviour] Priest, warden & chief freeze on execution screen (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0007137: [Control & User Interface] Typing W, A, S or D into the Object Search Bar Shouldn't Move the Camera (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0007365: [AI & Behaviour] Prisoners handcuffed for no reason on entering canteen (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0004433: [Gameplay] Security in Diplomacy allows stationing of guards without Deployment researched (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008232: [Gameplay] Can Assign work to prisoners without prison labour if you have micromanagement (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0008233: [Control & User Interface] Lawyers have an outdated description. (Icepick) - resolved.
- 0004914: [AI & Behaviour] Cannot remove tunnels on the road (FCExB) - resolved.
- 0007626: [Control & User Interface] Prison Labour assigning too fast/sensitive (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007942: [Control & User Interface] Crash in Timelapse Options (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0007926: [AI & Behaviour] Activating bangup makes bus drop prisoners in place (lim_ak) - resolved.
- 0008097: [Control & User Interface] Skip button in cutscenes moves with camera (lim_ak) - resolved.



 

Prison Architect Alpha 31
Posted by Chris on 27th March 2015
 
Alpha 31 has been released! Steam users will be automatically updated. Non-steam users can download the latest version from the builds page here:
http://www.prison-architect.com/builds.html

You need an active forum account to access the builds from our website. If you haven’t already done so, please register your game here to gain access to the builds, the private forums, the bug database and the wiki.
http://www.prison-architect.com/register

Here is our video demonstrating the new features:



= New staff : The Lawyer
Unlocked in the usual way through Bureaucracy, and requires his own office.
The lawyer grants access to a variety of legal loopholes and new facilities for your prison.

- Minimum cell size removal
Prison Cells can be built to any size - they are no longer to obey the legal minimum
of 3x2 metres. Note they must still contain a bed and a toilet.

- Indeterminate sentences
Prisoners can now be assigned lockup or solitary confinement that remains in place
until you say otherwise. This is a massive breach of their human rights, but the Lawyer
will allow you to skirt the issue and do it anyway.

- Death Row
Opens up the opportunity and responsibility of executing prisoners sentenced to death.


= Death row
To receive Death Row prisoners, you must:
- Unlock Death Row through the lawyer
- Build an execution facility - a room with an Electric chair, and chairs for the witnesses
- Build cells nearby and flag then as "Death Row Only" in the security deployment screen

Death Row prisoners will then begin show in your Intake screen - although they are quite rare.
They must stay in a Death Row designated cell, and they do not follow the regime.

- They are effectively locked down 24 hours a day, with two exceptions:
1. They can receive family visitors in Visitation
2. They can attend their Appeals process to try to have their sentences commuted.

- New program : Death row appeals process
Every Death Row prisoner has a chance to try to clear his name, or have his sentence commuted.
He will attend the appeals process, and each time has a chance to be released, or downgraded to max-sec.

- All Death Row prisoners have an estimated chance of clemency, visible in their Rap Sheet.
This represents your staff's best estimate at his chances at clemency.
Each time he fails the appeals process, his estimated chance of clemency is HALVED.
The more appeals you allow for a prisoner, the more certain you can be of his guilt.


= Executions
Once you are satisfied a Prisoner has had sufficient chance to appeal, you may schedule an Execution.
This can be done from his Rap Sheet, and once begun it will take over your view until over.

A process must be followed for each execution:
- Prison lockdown : All prisoners return to their cells
- The chair is electrically tested, putting your prison under high electrical load.
In addition, the prisoner must be able to walk to the facility.
- Witnesses are escorted to the facility and will sit in seats provided, if available
- The Warden, the Chief, and the prisoners chosen Spiritual Leader will gather in the condemned man's Cell
- The prisoner will be escorted to the execution room, along with the Warden/Chief/Priest
- Execution
- The staff and witnesses are dismissed and may leave

Once completed, you will be given a report on the success or failure of your execution.
If justice was done, you will receive a $10,000 bonus for your work.

- WARNING: If you push ahead with an execution before sufficient appeals have occurred,
you will be held personally responsible if evidence comes to light which later exonerates the prisoner.
You will be fined $50,000 instantly.
The intake queue of Death Row prisoners will immediately empty.
In addition, any Death Row inmates within your facility will be immediately transfered away by bus.
If this happens 3 times, you will be fired.

NOTE: The state sanctioned "safe level" for chance of clemency is 5%.
In other words, if you wait until a prisoners clemency chance is below 5%, you will not be held liable
for any miscariages of justice that may later come to light.
Your Lawyer can raise this threshold to 10% if you instruct him to do so.


= New room : Reception
An optional room, that gives Prisoners a dedicated arrival point (replacing Deliveries)
Once built, all new prisoner arrivals will go through this room.

- Prisoners must be escorted into the Reception room, then strip-searched. Any contraband will be found.
- They are then given fresh uniforms.
- Guards then escort them (still shackled) to their destination - either a cell or a holding cell.
- The process requires lots of available guards, but is much more secure than arrivals through Deliveries.

NOTE: The Laundry Logistics system will assign one of your laundries to handle the clean uniform requirements.


- Using the Bangup emergency option will no longer rapidly raise the 'temperature' of your prison.
However, having lots of prisoners shackled (in their cells or in solitary) will contribute to the 'temperature'.


= Bug Fixes
- Fixed: The 'criminal negligence' failure case had become broken in alpha 30 - your avatar was not spawned correctly
- 0007974: [AI & Behaviour] Crash loading game with PhoneBooth redefined to be non-wired by a mod
- 0007967: [AI & Behaviour] Crash with prisoners unloading from prisoner bus
- 0007932: [AI & Behaviour] Guards not taking prisoners to (available) solitary cells


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