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Prisons and jails are a big part of The Elder Scrolls games. They have been included in Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. When the player commits crimes they are sent to jail to pay for said crimes.

Prisons in OblivionEdit

When first starting the game in Oblivion, the Hero is a prisoner in the Imperial Prison, the largest prison in Cyrodiil.

There are prisons in every major city. There one can visit the prison or be sent if they commit a crime. If caught in the wild, the Hero is sent to the nearest prison. When being sent to prison one can keep a lockpick to try and break out of prison. When breaking out of prison, the Hero can find everything they own in a chest nearby. If the Hero does not escape prison, but instead serves their sentence, all stolen items can be found in the same chest. Also, if sentence is served, the Hero's level in some skills, such as Armorer or Marksman may decrease and, at rare times, Security or Sneak will increase.

In a Dark Brotherhood quest the Hero is sent to the Imperial Prison to kill an inmate.

Prisons in SkyrimEdit

After committing a crime and being put into a jail, one option is to escape from it.

When put in the jail after committing a crime, the Dragonborn suffers a skill decrease and their progress towards the next skill level in all skills is reset to zero. 


  • The prison in Dawnstar has a Lockpicking Skillbook, The Wolf Queen, v I.
  • Never try to escape prison through the front door, even at a high skill level. There is usually a hidden exit. In Dragonsreach there is a grate, in Solitude there is a crumbling wall, etc.
  • In Whiterun, it is possible to shout through the door while in prison in order to prompt a guard to walk over and tell the Dragonborn to "stop that shouting." If this happens while the Dragonborn is standing in the back of the prison, the guard will open the prison door to get to the Dragonborn.
  • A bug may occur after the first 40 hours of playing time on the first character where going to jail will result in the freezing of the game and the player may not be able to pay off his/her bounty unless they decide to relinquish the coin necessary for the transaction to occur. This may be a problem if the player has a large fine in a hold and may not be able to pay off the bounty. This could also result in the incompletion of quests, if the player happens to have an unpayable bounty in the vicinity of the quest area, that is.
  • If one gets arrested wearing armor, and they break out of prison and don't grab the armor they were arrested in, and then get arrested in the same town again wearing different armor, they will have 2 sets of armor equipped when released.

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  • Keeping One Lockpick in Prison

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    • I was thinking a female could hide it in her purse, but then I quickly remembered the DB can hardly smuggle a lockpick into jail, let alone...
    • Rukathesoldier wrote:In between the butt cheeks. Not inside the asshole but not visible to the guards. You better hope that the guards are...

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