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Second Chances is an DLC that was released on June 16, 2021 on PC, PS4 and XBOX, and on june 29, 2021 for Nintendo Switch. It was released alongside the free content update The Pen.

Key Features:[]

  • Return to Reform: Non-work programs, such as Animal Therapy, Three Strikes Program, and Reformed Prisoner Consultation can remove an inmate's negative traits, reputations and see improved behaviors.
  • Good Behavior: Inmates can have their sentences reduced or increased based on their actions and reoffenders can now be sent back to prison. Players will be fined for each reoffender. Reoffenders can be even more badass than they were before.
  • Room for Improvement: Inmates with existing or earned work credentials can become vendors to both prisoners and visitors in inmate-run rooms, including a Bakery, Restaurant and Meeting Room.
  • Back to Society: Inmates can earn customizable work credentials through experience partaking in different work and training programs.


  • Bakery - a room for inmates to produce food for civilian purchases.
  • Restaurant - a room for inmates to produce food for civilian purchases.
  • Meeting Room - A place for the new animal therapy sessions and Juvenile Correction program to take place.

Quick Rooms[]

  • Bakery
  • Restaurant
  • Meeting Room



  • Includes 1 new external staff member, 1 item sprite (animal crate/box), and multiple animal sprites.
  • Three Strikes Program - A program for inmates and troubled youth to interact, with hopes of a positive effect on both prisoners and the youth visitors.
  • Three Strikes Training - A training program that allows inmates to take part in the main Juvenile Correction program.
  • Reformed Prisoner Consultation Former inmates who have been released and reformed will come back to prison to talk with those still incarcerated.
  • Conflict Resolution - Groups of inmates with issues on resolving conflict peacefully, will receive guidance on how to do so in the future by a former, reformed inmate.
  • Animal Therapy - A behavioural therapy session alternative with animal interaction.


  • 1 new Reform & Rehab Menu - provides information on the reoffending rates of all inmates, their work experience levels, and the number of reoffending prisoner.
  • 1 new DLC info tab - A new page will be added to the Todo list to explain each of the key features of the new DLC.
  • 2 new Prisoner Mechanics
    • An inmate's sentence can be lowered or raised depending on their actions in-game.
    • Inmates who have been released from the player's prison can be sent back after they re-offend, each time the player will be fined.
  • Prisoner Work Credentials - Ex. Cook, Craftsman that influences what jobs prisoners can take.
  • Prisoner Uniform Colour Options - Customize uniform colours for any sec type.

Patch Notes[]

See The Pen for patch notes.