I turn off prisoner intake and don't hire guards/cooks until I have the "basic detention center" built.baelthazar wrote:I am so terrible at this game. Any tips for how to lay out the initial buildings so you have what you need but don't lose all your money? Do you guys hire a ton more workers to get this done before the prisoners arrive? I guess I need a "getting started" page, despite having played this since the beginning!
Then you turn it on hire two guards and two cooks, bam collect from the grant. By that time I have already collected the "basic administration center" grant. That should give you more than enough money to construct a 16-32 man cell block collecting that grant.
Also you can now adjust intake to your liking, so you can just trickle a couple new inmates a day as you near capacity.