A Guard is a basic staff member responsible for keeping prisoners in check and keeping the peace in your prison.

They are upgradable through security via the bureaucracy menu.

Bureaucracy Upgrades Edit

Deployment ($1000) Edit

  • The 'Deployment' program unlocks the deployment view in the main toolbar, and allows you to assign guards to the sectors of your Prison. As of alpha 28, the deployment view is also used to be able to assign more guards to a sector of your prison during a certain time period.

Patrols ($1000) Edit

  • The 'Patrols' program allows you to create patrol routes around crucial parts of your prison (e.g. the perimeter), and assign guards to those patrol routes.

Tazer Rollout ($5000) Edit

  • The 'Tazer Rollout' program extends the 'Tazers' program so that all your guards can train to carry a tazer. Tazer costs are separate from the guard hire

cost, with each tazer costing $400. The 'Tazers' program for armed guards needs to be unlocked first. Guards must complete a training course and pass before being issued a tazer, which must be scheduled in a classroom with the chief as teacher. Note that guards only have a 60% accuracy rate as of Alpha 35.

Body Armour ($1000) Edit


Guard with Taser & Body Armor

  • The 'Body Armour' program equips all your armed guards, normal guards, and dog handlers with body armour. This helps absorb 50% damage. However, it will make your guards 30% slower. Body armour costs are separate from the guard hire cost, with each set of armour costing $100. The 'Armoury' needs to be unlocked first.

Actions performed by the guards Edit

  • The guards, the armed guards and the dog handlers, are the only staff members, that are able to unlock jail doors and Road Gates.
  • They operate CCTV monitors.
  • They operate the Door Control Systems.
  • They operate the Phone Taps.
  • They patrol the marked paths.
  • They roam around the assigned rooms or areas, preventing any trouble.
  • They search prisoners, cells, and areas where contraband can be hidden.
  • They stop the fights, the escape attempts, the rioting prisoners, etc.
  • They escort the new prisoners to their cells.
  • They escort the shackled prisoners from one point to another
  • They escort prisoners to areas where they are needed, but usually not allowed (like the security office, or the parole room).
  • They bring food to the prisoners locked in their cells (usually to those punished to permanent lockdown or to the death row inmates)
  • They unload some objects from the trucks, if the workers/janitors are not available.
  • They can sort and deliver mail in the mail room if no prisoners are working there.
  • They go to the staff room when exhausted, like any other staff.
  • If patrolling the outer wall, they can prevent a prisoner from getting contraband, if the arranged place for picking up the contraband was close to the place where the guard is deployed.
  • They handcuff the prisoners that broke the rules of the prison, before moving them to their cells/solitary/the infirmary.

Tips and TricksEdit

  • Guard alarmed

    Guard spotted an incident

    Handcuffing takes precedence to escorting. So if you have just suppressed a riot and have a lot of prisoners to punish, Guards won't escort prisoners to their punishment until all prisoners are handcuffed.
  • If you need a bunch of guards to rush to an area, you can left-click and drag your mouse to select a bunch, and then you can give them all a command at once, similar to how emergency services work.
  • While guards are a vital member of staff, you don't need to hire them until you have prisoners. So if you plan to close your prison for the first few days while you build it, you won't need to hire guards until you open for business. Otherwise they're just wandering around taking wages and making floors dirty.
  • Your ratio of guards depends on the type of prisoners you accept, any quirks they have and whether your guards have access to an armory or your troublemakers have weapons. One guard can usually subdue two minimum security prisoners (if they make trouble at all), or one normal prisoner. It often takes at least three guards to subdue a Maximum Security prisoner.


Please note that this section is for fan-created game modifications, or mods. This list of mods affect the guards, but are unofficial. Use at your own risk.

  • Most Guard mods involve different weapons.
  • Weapons a guard can use via mod include, but are not limited to: Shotguns, Deagles, Revolvers, Sniper Rifles, Mac 10's. Knives and Assault Rifles. These replace the baton, and will be used even with free-fire off.
  • A comedic mod for guards and their weapons is the Fork Mod, used to replace the baton and has the same damage.
  • Some mods contain more than just skin variations and weapon overrides, one mod provides guards with a telescopic baton which does the same damage of the regular baton and changes their default names to "Correctional Officer" and such.
  • Some mods change the skin of the guards, making them have different uniforms, race or other effects. An example of a mod change of altered appearances of guards show changes from standard blue uniform to a white county uniform (presumed American, there are also tan or olive variations of such) or to a military uniform (there are also different variations of the mods themselves).

Trivia Edit

  • Assigning a guard to a Dog Patrol or Armed Patrol will still let them patrol.
  • Although they do not suppress prisoners, nearby inmates will not cause trouble and will mostly fight or do something illegal out of the sight of guards.
  • The real-life counterparts of 'Guards' prefer to be called Correctional Officers and some take offence at being called Guards.
  • Guards and other staff respawn in Escape Mode.