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|
|Bladder||Time||Using the Toilet|
|Bowel||Time||Using the Toilet|
|Sleep||Time not sleeping||Sleeping in Bed|
|Food||Time||Eating in a Canteen|
|Safety||High Danger Level||Low Danger Level|
|Exercise||Time||Using Weights Bench or running around in the Yard|
|Family||Time||Visitation, using the mail room or the Phone Booth|
|Recreation||Time||Using Pool Table, Radio or TV|
|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 or Dormitory with someone else||Time in a Cell|
|Freedom||Time locked up, in cell, or locked down, punishment.||Freetime. Using Arcade Cabinet can help a little, too.|
|Clothing||Time / Rain (Weather)||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 using a Prayer Mat or Pew.|
|Literacy||Prisoner trait||Reading book from Library.|
|Warmth||Cold Temperatures||Warm Temperatures|
Very few prisoners will have the need for Alcohol and Drugs. The need can be lessened (but not completely removed) by successfully completing the alcoholics group therapy or pharmaceutical treatment of drug addiction program respectively.
Only a few prisoners will have the trait to make them need Spirituality or Literacy.