BitLife prison escape - how to get out of every jail

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Screenshot from BitLife, showing the escape prison confirmation page

A life of crime can have dire consequences in BitLife, and you can easily find yourself stuck in prison. Luckily, our BitLife prison escape guide will help you get out of your cell, back into the expansive text-based simulator world. It's no easy feat, and it can take a lot of trial and error, but if successful, you'll find yourself free from the clutches of the law.

If you fail, however, you'll find yourself with an extended prison sentence. It's no surprise that BitLife's prison mechanic is so detailed and expansive. It's a mobile game that aims to replicate all parts of real life, from a plethora of jobs to the variety of cars and houses available to purchase.


In fact, you can often end up in prison if you hang out with the BitLife Mafia. Luckily, our handy guide explains how you can navigate life as a notorious BitLife gangster. Or, alternatively, you could purchase BitLife God Mode to make life a whole lot easier. We've also got a Genshin Impact tier list and AFK Arena tier list to use!

Screenshot from BitLife, showing the three legal representation options once arrested

How do I go to prison in BitLife?

As you might expect, you'll end up in BitLife prison if you commit enough crimes to garner the attention of law enforcement. This can range from anything as tame as stealing your neighbour's parcels to attempting an armed bank robbery.

When you commit a crime, there's always a chance that you'll be arrested once it's complete. If this happens, you're given several options: attempt to flee, try to bribe the officers, insult them, or go quietly. The chances of success by running away are reasonably low, but if you've got a lot of money in the bank and don't want to lose it through the legal process, it might be your only option. However, bear in mind that if your attempts to bribe or flee from officers fail, that's an extra charge you'll face in court.

Yes, once you're arrested, the next step is to stand in front of a judge. You'll be told which charges you're facing and the prison sentence that comes with them. From there you can choose one of three law firms to hire, ranging in price and quality.

Once you've selected your legal representation, it's time to enter a plea. If you plead guilty or no contest, chances are you'll end up locked in prison. Selecting not guilty can set you free, depending on the quality of your lawyers. The more expensive lawyers will bring a greater chance of walking away scot-free.


If you're convicted, you'll be told which prison you're heading to, and for how long. From there, you're severely limited as to what you can do in the confines of your cell. You can write letters, join gangs, and cry, but mechanics like jobs are heavily reduced when you're locked up.

Screenshot from BitLife, showing a guilty sentence from the in-game legal system

How to escape prison in BitLife

If you've had enough of BitLife prison and want to try to escape early, there's a way to do it. You won't succeed every time, but in some cases, you'll end up being able to reclaim your freedom.

  • While locked up, tap the Prison menu to the left of the Age button.
  • Tap the Escape option, which brings up a grid-based minigame.
    • In this game, your aim is to reach the exit before the prison guard catches you. You can only make one move every turn, whereas the guard can move twice. The guard will always try to move horizontally, so your aim is to trap him in one of the grid squares so he cannot move.
    • When the guard cannot move, you get to continue moving, so try and get him stuck, leaving you free to run and escape.
  • If you're successful, you'll be free from prison, but on the run. This means the authorities will constantly search for you, and you could be randomly captured at any point in the future.

What happens if I fail the BitLife escape prison game?

While a successful BitLife escape prison minigame will set you free to continue living your life, the consequences of failure are much more serious. If you're caught by the prison guard during the escape, you'll be beaten and sent back to your cell. To add insult to injury, you'll get a few extra years on your sentence, too.


Equally, the prison escape minigame gets increasingly harder the more you try it. There are a fixed amount of grid puzzles available when trying to escape, and the more you try and fail, the tougher they'll get. Your extended sentence will also stack, so you could well end up with a lot more time in prison for trying to flee.

BitLife prison escape guide

As you can tell, the BitLife prison escape process isn't an easy one. As such, we've compiled some helpful tips for those who have escaped or are still trying to do so. These will help make the process much smoother.

If you've managed to successfully escape and you're wanted by the law, you'll want to lay low. We recommend trying to leave the country first of all to put some distance between you and the authorities. This can sometimes backfire, as you can be arrested at the border as a fugitive. If it works, however, you'll be practically untouchable in your new home. Equally, you can use the gender reassignment surgery to change your identity, too. In fact, you get a special achievement for doing so.

Once you're free, it's also a good idea to stay away from a life of crime. That's because the law will give you a much harsher sentence if you're re-arrested after escaping. Not only will you be charged for any additional crimes, but you'll also get extra years for absconding. With that in mind, it's a good idea to obey the law once you're free, getting a job that's perfectly legal.

On the other hand, there are some times where trying the BitLife prison escape method isn't the best idea. If you've only been jailed for a short stint of a few years, it's really not worth the hassle. If you succeed in escaping, you'll be on the run for the rest of your life. If you fail, then you'll get extra years on your sentence. As such, if you're in prison for a short spell, it's best just to quickly sim through it, rather than risking extra punishment.

BitLife prison riot explained

One part of prison in BitLife that isn't directly linked to escaping is prison riots. These are optional minigames you can participate in to wreak havoc while locked up. Generally speaking, there are no particular benefits from starting a riot, though there is a very slim chance that you can escape during one. As such, it's something you might consider in the BitLife prison escape process. Here's how to do it:

  • When locked up in Prison, navigate the menu and choose Riot.
  • You'll then play a Snake-style minigame where you swipe across to build a group of prisoners ready to riot. You need to reach ten before the riot can start, dodging guards and walls while swiping.
  • Once you've got up to ten prisoners, the riot will begin. You'll see guards and prisoners' sprites skirmish. More often than not, people on both sides of the battle will die.
  • If you're lucky, you'll escape from prison. Otherwise, you'll likely have your sentence extended.

That's everything you need to know about the BitLife prison escape process. We've gone through how to escape prison, as well as some handy tips on evading custody, and how to escape through riots. We wish you luck in your attempts to evade the BitLife authorities.