The Bureaucracy system is unlocked by the Warden. You can access it by clicking on the photo of the warden in the top left corner of the screen. It's used to unlock advanced features for your prison, along with advanced staff.
It is considered one of the most useful parts of the game, turning a basic prison into a fully functional prison. Most items requires 6 in-game hours to research.
The Bureaucracy tab is found in the top right hand corner of the game, next to the To-do list. The first-tier projects will only proceed if the Warden has a functioning Office. The second-tier projects require the respective individuals (Accountant, Foreman, Chief, Lawyer) to have functioning Offices to proceed. If a research timer appears to be stuck, ensure that your chiefs have fully-functioning offices.
Unlocks Accountant, which gives access to Government Grant programs which can provide extra funding. Also allows you to spend more each day than your income would normally allow, assuming you have the funds in reserve. Below are the things that the Accountant enables you to research.
Land Expansion ($1000)Edit
Allows you to buy extra land.
Extra Grant ($500)Edit
Enables you to accept 3 grants simultaneously instead of 2.
Bank Loan ($500)Edit
Allows you to borrow a large sum from the bank., in exchange for a daily payment of interest. Paying off your bank loans will increase your credit rating and allow you to borrow larger sums in the future. You can borrow up to $250,000. If you cannot pay your interest this will be added to the amount borrowed. If you don't pay your loan off, your credit rating will decrease and the bank won't give you any more money. If you owe more than $250,000 you can pay this off $500 at a time until you owe $250,000 or less than you can only pay off the loan $25,000 at a time. When you are currently on a bank loan (and you are paying them off), your credit rating increases by 0.1 per hour (citation needed).
Tax Relief ($10,000)Edit
Reduces the amount of tax you have to pay to just 15%.
Offshore Tax Haven ($50,000)Edit
Further reduces the amount of tax you have to pay to 1%. Tax Relief needs to be unlocked first.
Unlocks the Chief of Security. Hire him from the staff toolbar. The Chief is required to research further in Security and to see the danger level of your prison. Below are the things that the Chief enables you to research.
Unlocks the Deployment view in the main toolbar, and allows you to assign Guard to the sectors of your Prison. Deployment is also need in order to assign work areas such as workshop and laundry.
Unlocks CCTV cameras and CCTV Monitors. Use these to keep watch on unmanned parts of your jail. Unlocks the Security room which must be used to house the CCTV Monitors. Deployment needs to be unlocked first.
Unlocks the Supply and Demand sheet, showing the Demand (how much prisoners want the contraband) and Supply (how much of the contraband prisoners currently own. If this bar is large, it is recommended to shakedown the prison).
It also unlocks the Contraband overlay which can be accessed from the main toolbar. This overlay shows all the sources of contraband and also tracks all contraband found in your prison back to where it was smuggled or stolen. It also shows the owner of the contraband (if the prisoner is still in your prison).
Allows you to create patrol routes around crucial parts of your prison (e.g. the perimeter), and assign guards to those patrols.
Remote Access ($2,000) Edit
Unlocks the ability to remotely open and control doors. Guards using a Door Control System and a Door Timer can do this, however only to ones attached to a door servo.
Remote Doors are also unlocked, which are resistant to the jail key weapon, by guards or prisoners who have picked it up.
Unlocks the armoury, which allows you to deploy armed guards around your prison. Armed guards carry a one-shot-one-kill shotgun which will be used only if you press the "Free Fire" button on the bottom-right corner of your screen, or if the armed guards are in danger (their health is low or the enemy prisoner carrying a weapon). Each armed guard requires a guard locker in the armoury.
Note that prisoners will attempt to steal weapons from the armoury during a riot.
Allows your armed guards to carry tasers, a single-shot weapon that will render the target unconscious for a set amount of time. Tasers can be fired once before they need a full hour to recharge. Taser costs are separate from the armed guard hire cost, with each taser costing $400. This will have to be paid once the guard is hired. Tasers can be found in the weapons rack in your armoury. Armoury needs to be unlocked first.
Taser Rollout ($5,000)Edit
Extends the taser program so that all your guards will carry a taser. Like for armed guards, taser costs are separate from the guard hire cost, with each taser costing $400. Tazers needs to be unlocked first.
Body Armour ($1,000)Edit
Equips all your armed guards, normal guards, and dog handlers with body armour. This helps absorb 50% damage, however it will make your guards slower by 30%. Body armour costs are separate from the guard hire cost, with each set of armour costing $100. Armoury needs to be unlocked first.
Hire him from the Staff toolbar. You require the Foreman to research further in the Maintenance Sector. Below are the things that the Foreman enables you to research.
Clone ($1500)Edit Unlocks the Clone Tool on the main toolbar. Use this tool to rapidly duplicate areas of your prison, such as cells. To use, select a zone to be copied with a right mouse drag, then left click to stamp down a copy.
Prison Labour ($1000)Edit
For detailed information, see Prison Labour.
Grounds Keeping ($2000)Edit
Unlocks Gardener. Gardener keeps your outdoor area of the prison neat and tidy.
Unlocks the Janitor. He will clean all the indoor areas of your prison, as well as help with the laundry.
Lawyer ($5,000) Edit
Small Cells ($10,000) Edit
Permanent Punishment ($5,000) Edit
Legal Prep ($50,000) Edit
The necessary paperwork will be filed in preparation to remove a failure warning. This needs to be done in advance, and this research requires 72 hours to complete.
Legal Defense ($50,000) Edit
Something has gone wrong, and the CEO has made a call to you about the issue, but you might not make it. The necessary paperwork will be filed to remove a failure warning. This research can only be completed once, and will not permanently save you from your current situation. It also requires 3 hours to complete, and may take longer, for example if the lawyer is resting, killed or the office becomes invalid. This requires Legal Prep to be completed.
Death Row ($10,000) Edit
Opens up the opportunity and responsibility of executing prisoners sentenced to death. It unlocks the Execution room, zoning of areas in Deployment as "Death Row Only", and the intake of Death Row prisoners.
Reduce Execution Liability ($10,000) Edit
Raises the State Approved Conviction Strength from 5% to 10%, essentially reducing the number of appeals a Death Row prisoner get before an execution can begin without liability. Death Row needs to unlocked first.
Unlocks the Psychologist, providing you with a valuable insight into your prisoners' internal psychological state at all times. He gives you the ability to run the Behavioral Therapy program.
For more information, see Programs.
Health ($500)EditDoctor. Send them to injured prisoners and staff to heal them up. Staff will automatically go to the infirmary when injured, and prisoners will be escorted by guards. Also unlocks Infirmary and Morgue.
Unlocks the ability to run educational reform programs for your prisoners, using teachers that are hired automatically when the class starts.
They need a Classroom in which to teach classes in.
Unlocks many of these newly added advanced features (Alpha 28):
You can now change the schedule of guard deployment, and guard patrols, at any hour of the day. Use this to place more guards in the canteen at lunch time, for example.
- Click on the timeline at any hour to cycle the current schedule. White is the base schedule.
- You can drag the current time left and right, and change the schedule at any time of the day.
- Patrol icons for guards/dogs/armed guards now enlarge when selected
- Fixed in Alpha 22 - You were still able to research things even if your funds are insufficient, and your balance would not turn negative.