Contraband are the objects that prisoners smuggle into prison or obtain inside the prison. Each prisoner can only carry one thing at a time, he will always carry it with him but may decide to hide it, usually in the prisoner's cell in a bed, toilet, or other objects in his/her cell.
There are 4 types of contraband but all items can be traded for money.
- Weapons - Used to attack prisoners and staff. Silent kill weapons attract less attention than noisier weapons used in fights.
- Tools - Used to escape or cause destruction.
- Narcotics - Booze, cigs, and drugs are all considered narcotics.
- Luxuries - Most common luxuries are cell-phones.
There are two traits of contraband, making it detectable.
When a prisoner with metal contraband goes through a Metal Detector, it will very likely set off an alarm and a guard will search that prisoner automatically. There is also a small chance of a false alarm.
Alternatively, you can search any prisoner for contraband by left-clicking and then selecting "Search", or you could also trigger a shakedown and search the entire prison. If contraband is found, the prisoner will be escorted to a solitary cell or to his cell for lockdown depending on your punishment policy. You can change your punishment policy in the Policy tab in the Reports menu. The supply and demand of contraband can be seen through the intelligence tab, if the supply is high, a shakedown is recommended.
Contraband can also be traded with other prisoners for money. Prisoners will carry contraband that they don't particularly want to sell. The price of contraband depends on the supply and demand of the contraband. The approximate prices of contraband can be seen in the dangers part of the Intelligence tab.
Almost all contraband can be smuggled in.
Contraband arrives to the prison in numerous ways:
2. Contraband can be smuggled in by family in visitation. Either have dog patrols and metal detectors around and in your visitation room or have secure visitor booths, or use Checkpoints to search prisoners when going in and coming out.
3. When prisoners are visiting their families and making phone calls to them (via a phone booth), they can arrange for delivery of contraband to be thrown over an outside wall. Prisoners retrieve their contraband from the delivery or ground during free time or work time (on their regime) if there is no guard nearby. In order to stop this, make all outside areas (except the yard) staff-only. Another way is to make all outside areas (that are accessible by prisoners) surrounded by other buildings (rooms), cutting off access the prison's perimeter. There is a limit to how far contraband can be thrown (10m), so also make sure that any outside areas are spaced sufficiently far from the outer perimeter of the prison.
4. Crate delivery. It is beneficial to use a scanner, or metal detector and dogs. Scanners catch all detectable contraband.
5. Weapons and Tools can be taken from certain rooms. Use Metal Detectors in the appropriate rooms, dogs in others.
List of Contraband:
|Axe||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Forestry, Farming Field, Vegetable Allotment or Fruit Orchard. To chop bones or fences.|
|Baton||(Weapons)||Taken from dead/unconscious guards, Security, or Armoury.|
|Booze||(Narcotics, Luxuries)||Taken from Office and Visitation.|
|Booze Bag||(Narcotics, Smelly)||Brewed in Cell using Drink and Kicker.|
|Booze Ingredient||(Narcotics, Produced Narcotics)||Taken from Kitchen, Restaurant, Bakery, Fruit Orchard or Pantry.|
|Cellphone||(Luxuries)||Taken from Office, Visitation and Staff Room.|
|Cigs (pack of cigarettes)||(Narcotics, Luxuries, Smelly)||Taken from Office, Staff Room, Visitation, or Security.|
|Club||(Weapons, Improvised)||Taken from Cleaning Cupboard and Gymnasium.|
|Drill||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Workshop or Storage.|
|Drink||(Luxuries)||Taken from Drink Machines.|
|Drugs||(Narcotics, Smelly)||Taken from Visitation. Can be smuggled into the prison.|
|Fork||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Kitchen, Staff Room, Restaurant or Bakery.|
|Fountain Pen||(Weapons, Metal)||Taken from Office, Library or Parole.|
|Gold Pocket Watch||(Luxuries, Metal)||Taken from Office.|
|Gun (Revolver)||(Weapons, Metal, Ranged Weapon)||Taken from Armoury.|
|Hammer||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Workshop or Storage.|
|Hand Fork||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Farming Field, Vegetable Allotment, Fruit Orchard and Flower Garden.|
|Jail Keys||(Metal)||Taken from dead/unconscious Guards, Armed Guards, Riot Guards and the Security room. Used to unlock all doors. Remote Doors cannot be opened with any keys.|
|Kicker||(Narcotics, Smelly)||Taken from Bins when brewing booze.|
|Knife||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Kitchen, Morgue, Staff Room, Restaurant or Bakery.|
|Lighter||(Luxuries)||Taken from Office, Security, Visitation, or Staff Room. Can be used to light a fire in your prison.|
|Medicine||(Narcotics, Smelly)||Taken from Infirmary and Gymnasium.|
|Needle||(Narcotics)||Taken from Infirmary or dead/unconscious Doctors.|
|Poison||(Narcotics, Smelly)||Taken from Infirmary or Cleaning Cupboard.|
|Produced Drugs||(Narcotics, Produced Narcotics, Smelly)||Produced by prisoners in Farming Field.|
|Rifle||(Weapons, Metal, Ranged Weapon)||Taken from Armoury or dead/unconscious snipers.|
|Rolling Pin||(Weapons, Tools)||Taken from Bakery.|
|Rope||(Tools, Improvised)||Taken from Gymnasium and Laundry.|
|Saw||(Tools, Metal)||Taken from Workshop, Storage, Forestry, Farming Field, Vegetable Allotment and Fruit Orchard.|
|Scissors||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Infirmary, Morgue, Library, Restaurant or Bakery.|
|Screwdriver||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Workshop or Storage.|
|Shank||(Weapons, Tools, Metal, Improvised)||Made by prisoners in Workshop or can be purchased by Dealer in Escape Mode.|
|Shears||(Weapons, Metal)||Taken from Farming Field, Vegetable Allotment, Fruit Orchard and Flower Garden.|
|Shotgun||(Weapons, Metal, Ranged Weapon)||Taken from Armoury or dead/unconscious Armed Guards.|
|Spade||(Tools, Metal)||Taken from Forestry, Farming Field, Vegetable Allotment, Fruit Orchard and Flower Garden. Used to dig Escape Tunnels.|
|Spoon||(Tools, Metal)||Taken from Kitchen, Restaurant or Bakery. Used to dig Escape Tunnels.|
|Staff Key||(Metal)||Taken from dead/unconscious staff members. Used to unlock/lock staff-only doors, usually used during riots and escapes.|
|Taser||(Weapons, Ranged Weapon)||Taken from Armoury or dead/unconscious Armed Guards or guards with Tazer Certification. Only available after Taser Rollout is researched in Bureaucracy.|
|Trowel||(Weapons, Tools, Metal)||Taken from Farming Field, Vegetable Allotment, Fruit Orchard and Flower Garden.|
|Whisk||(Tools, Metal)||Taken from Bakery.|
|Wooden Pickaxe||(Tools, Improvised)||Made in a Workshop.|
Contraband type by room
Intelligence view shows which rooms are sources of contraband. A prison's layout should consider this to detect and contain contraband, by securing their exits with metal detectors and/or dog handlers.
|Psychologist's Office||Smelly & Metal|
|Infirmary||Smelly & Metal|
|Keep these staff-only:|
|Office (others)||Smelly & Metal|
|Staff Room||Smelly & Metal|
|Security||Smelly & Metal|
The following pieces of contraband can only be taken by unconscious or dead staff members.
|Assault Rifle||(Weapons, Ranged Weapon, Metal)||Taken from dead/unconscious National Guard or Elite Ops members.|
|Clipboard||(none)||Taken from dead/unconscious Administrative Staff.|
|Dog Leash||(none)||Taken from dead/unconscious Dog Handlers.|
|Guard Uniform||(Tools)||Taken from dead/unconscious Guards, and Armed Guards.|
|Hose||(none)||Taken from dead/unconscious Firemen.|