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Yard.png Yard
Yard icon.png
Date of the last article update. Content based on The Sneezer
1/2021 | The Sneezer


  • Minimum Size: 5x5
  • Secure


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The yard is a room which may be built inside or outside. It's the place where the Prisoners can catch some fresh air, exercise or relax. Prisoners needing exercise will jog laps around the perimeter of the Yard or use the Weight Benches. During Yard time in Regime, not all inmates will always Need to exercise, so it's common for many prisoners to simply mill around aimlessly, or seek out a bench to fulfil their comfort need.

As with the Canteen, the Yard can be a hot spot for fights because of the large number of prisoners concentrated in one area. To alleviate this, make the Yard area large enough to allow inmates to spread out and provide different type of objects spaced out at intervals to attract your prisoner's interest.

Yard Grading[edit | edit source]

See also:
Room Grading

Yard is graded on a scale from 0 to 10 (shown in Logistics -> Room Quality) if Cleared for Transfer DLC is enabled.

Each of the following objects increase or decrease its grading by 1 point:

Size.png Room size
Up.png 1 if yard is at least 100 squares big.
Up.png 2 if yard is at least 200 squares big.
Down.png 1 if yard is smaller than 50 squares.
Dumbbell Rack.png RunningTrack.png Mud.png Other
Up.png 2 if yard contains at least 10 of positive objects.
Up.png 1 if yard has at least 12 squares of running track.
Down.png 1 if 50% of the yard is covered by mud.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Fully furnished Yard - 10/10 Grade
  • Placing a floor which slows down your prisoners can be good advice, but will slow down your guards too if fights occur.
  • The yard's requirement for being behind 'at least one door' can be fulfilled either by surrounding the yard with a wall, a fence with a door, or surrounding the entire prison complex with a wall or fence.
  • It can be a good idea to place Phone Booths, Shower Heads and toilets in the yard so prisoners can satisfy their family, hygiene, bladder and bowels needs while getting recreation. This also works in places like the Canteen.
  • Besides the recommended items, just about any item that can be placed outside can be useful in a yard. For example, TV or Radio to meet recreation needs, prayer mats to meet religious needs, etc.
  • The game description of the yard says "Let your prisoners see the sun for a few hours a day under the watchful eye of your sniper towers."