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As the title suggests, staff can have needs too. This is optional, as this adds an extra challenge to the game. Staff can now have the same needs as prisoners.

How to turn Staff Needs On[]

  1. WHEN STARTING A PRISON: Toggle the Staff Needs button in the "Create Prison" menu.
  2. IN A NON-STAFF NEEDS PRISON: Press ESCAPE to pause and go to Main Menu, click "Extras", click "Map Settings", and turn Staff Needs on.


Staff's Needs are a little different from prisoners, but they can be fulfilled in similar ways. The needs are:

  1. Bladder
  2. Bowels
  3. Food
  4. Safety
  5. Recreation
  6. Comfort
  7. Environment
  8. Rest
  9. Warmth (Requires "Weather & Temperature" to be enabled.)

How to satisfy Staff Needs[]

  • To satisfy their "bladder" and "bowels" needs, you can have a toilet in your staff room or a toilet in any Staff Only Zone, and making sure it's accessible.
  • To satisfy their "safety" need, you can do the following:
  1. Research Armory in the Bureaucracy screen, so Armed Guards are available for use, in addition to everything below.
  2. Research "Body Armor" in the Bureaucracy screen.
  3. Research 'Tasers' for your Armed Guards in the Bureaucracy screen.
  4. Research 'Taser Rollout' for your regular Guards in the Bureaucracy screen.


  • Staff can use anything in a Staff Only Zone. That includes objects like toilets, etc.