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The Common Room is one of the places inmates may go during Free Time to satisfy their recreation needs.

To maximize efficiency it can be best to put the common room in front of the cafeteria. Label free time to happen after meals. This way if a prisoner is not finished eating they can complete the meal during free time (less risk of riots if prisoners are well fed); and everyone else can leave directly into the entertainment area (to maximize prisoner needs fulfillment without wasting time walking long distance after the meal)

Reform program[]

Alcoholics Group Therapy meetings are held in the common room by a psychologist, so adequate seating is required for the course to run effectively. Psychologist's office should not be placed to far from the common room as walk time will eat into the session time.


Constructing a common room is required to complete the Visitation Rights Grant.

Room Grading[]

If Cleared for Transfer DLC is enabled, the room will be graded on a scale from 1-10. A rooms grade can be viewed in the menu Logistics -> Room Quality. The rooms grade will increase if the following criteria are met: