The Supermax Prison is a Military building in Tropico 5 (Update 1.08). When built, it can give the "Arrest" Action to citizens and can house up to 15 prisoners.


  • Forced Labor: The prison uses the arrested people as a source of free labor, making the Prison provide money, depending on the number of prisoners (Usually, $100 per prisoner).
  • Punishment Chamber: Police Officers in the Prison will automatically track down and arrest Crime Lords and Rebel Leaders.

Arresting a CitizenEdit

There are two ways a citizen can get arrested. These can also apply to the Dungeon.

  • Presidente Order- The Presidente can order anyone to Prison. Costs $1,000.
  • Auto Arrest: Officers will automatically arrest citizens. Require Punishment Chamber upgrade. Citizen must be Crime Lord or Rebel Leader. Takes longer to arrest.

Trivia Edit

  • The design of the Supermax Prison is based on the Panopticon style, consisting of a central "inspection house" from where several long halls originate to house inmates. The philosophy behind this design is that from the center a few guards could easily watch over many prisoners, without them knowing wether they were being watched or not, prompting them to behave at all times.

Pros and Cons Edit

Pros Edit

  • Provides money according to the number of citizens arrested (Forced Labor upgrade).
  • Houses 15 Prisoners.
  • Allows with dealing with Rebels and Crime Lords peacefully.

Cons Edit

  • Large size can cause problems (on a tiny island).
  • Police officers need a High School education.
  • Unlocked in the Cold War Era. (This can be negated with the dungeon from the Espionage expansion pack. However, the dungeon can only hold 5 prisoners)
  • Slow response time (Even slower if the Prison is being filled up).
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