The Needs tab shows a bar chart that combines every prisoner by their need. Each bar has following colours:
Prisoners with orange or red needs will increase a prison's danger level, and may incite riots.
The small list when mouse is hovered over a prisoner shows only needs of that particular prisoner. If there are no needs, prisoner is completely happy. Plus signs indicate how much the prisoner wants that need. If a need is written in capitalized letters, or there are 10 plus signs, this need is completely unfulfilled, and is considered a critical need.
Below is only a basic summary table and by no means in full detail. Consider making a new page for each for a more detailed explanation.
|Need||Increased by||Decreased by|
|Sleep||Time not sleeping||Sleeping in bed|
|Food||Time||Eating in a canteen|
|Exercise||Time||Using weight benches|
|Family||Time||Visitation and phone booth|
|Recreation||Time||Using pool tables or TVs|
|Comfort||Time||Sleeping or sitting on a bench|
|Environment||Time in a dirty environment||Time in a Clean environment|
|Privacy||Time in a holding cell with someone else||Time not in a holding cell with someone else|
|Freedom||Time locked up, in cell, or locked down, punishment.||Freetime.|
|Clothing||Time||New clothing provided by a laundry|
|Drugs||Pre-existing habit||Reform program or an extended period without it.|
|Alcohol||Pre-existing habit||Reform program or an extended period without it.|
|Spirituality||Prisoner trait||Time in Chapel.|
|Literacy||Prisoner trait||Reading book from Library.|
Only a few prisoners will have the trait to make them need Spirituality or Literacy.