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Sisika Penitentiary is a maximum-security prison facility in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online in the Lannahechee River.


Established in 1844, this prison lies on a small island off Lemoyne's eastern shore.

The island is surrounded by watchtowers, each housing guards on the lookout. Encircling the prison are many fields and barns, all of which serve as labor camps for the inmates. In the center sits the main prison itself, comprised of many small buildings, and larger ones. These structures are enclosed by a fortified wall. The penitentiary is segregated into two wards; one for males, and the other for females.


Events of Red Dead Online

In 1898, after the murder of Philip LeClerk in Blackwater, the online protagonist is framed and wrongfully convicted of committing the crime. They are sent to Sisika Penitentiary and are sentenced to six months of penal labor and eventual execution. Around one week before their planned execution, the protagonist is freed by Horley, when he and two hired gunmen intercept the transport holding the protagonist.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

During the Van der Linde gang's failed 1899 heist of the Saint Denis bank, John Marston is captured by Pinkertons and imprisoned at Sisika. After his return from Guarma, Arthur begins planning a way to break him out with the help of Sadie.

Arthur flies above the prison in a hot air balloon, along with Arturo Bullard, in the hopes of locating John. Using binoculars, Arthur manages to spot John, before the prison guards open fire on the balloon and thus cause him to retreat to the mainland.

Later, Sadie and Arthur take a rowboat to the island and land on the island's western shore. They quickly kill the guard in one of the island's watchtowers, and spot who they presume to be John. After defeating the guards patrolling the prisoners working in the fields, they realize that the man they believed to be John is, in fact, not John. Swiftly, Arthur captures another guard and holds him hostage forcing him to reveal that John is not working that day. The two, with the guard hostage, approach the entrance of the prison and demand an exchange. After getting John in the trade-off, they fight their way to the shore, enter the boat, and row back to the mainland.

Known personnel

  • Heston Jameson - Prison Warden
  • Logan Hagen - Deputy Warden
  • Milliken - Guard
  • Jenkins - Guard
  • Jackson - Guard (mentioned)
  • Benton - Guard (mentioned)
  • Townsend - Guard (mentioned)

Known inmates


  • Due west of the Penitentiary building itself, the Legendary Bullhead Catfish can be fished within the channel leading toward the mainland.
  • Sisika is likely based on Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola, which is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States.
  • The island was originally slightly more to the north than in the final game. On the map screen, moving the cursor above the landmass northeast of the island causes a "Wanted Dead or Alive" message to appear next to the cursor, a remnant of its original location.
  • The guards were initially supposed to have the same PED models as the train guards before they were changed to the ones used for the Saint Denis lawmen.
  • The island is visible from the highest points of Grizzlies East and even from beyond the in-game borders.
  • If the player attempts to reach the island by any means in Red Dead Online, the screen will automatically turn black and teleport the player to Saint Denis.
    • While inaccessible in free roam, the prison can be reached and explored through the use of an exploit during legendary bounty missions.[1]
    • Same goes for if the player attempts to reach the Grand Korrigan. But like Sisika, it can be reached through an exploit during legendary bounty missions.