Introducing Fast Flexible Cells: Rapid Deployment Facilities for The Corrections Industry

25 January 2021 Tate
Fast Flexible Cells for the corrections industry

The corrections industry is responsible for the management and operations of prisons, detention centers, jails and other correctional jurisdictions. There is a lot of responsibility within this industry to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of the incarcerated and the corrections staff, while appealing to the jurisdictions and regulating bodies that oversee these facilities. In order to manage that responsibility, facilities need to be agile and flexible, which isn’t easy when you consider the many aspects of each individual facility—housing, security, medical, programming and more. Tate developed a product to help solve the flexibility issue of these facilities. The Fast Flexible Cell (FFC) is a prefabricated, modular correctional facility unit that can be implemented for a wide range of uses, including, but not limited to, inmate and administrative housing, bathrooms and showers, administrative offices, medical facilities and programming and day space. This innovative, next generation correctional cell design allows for rapid deployment and can be manufactured and customized to meet the needs of your facility, while maintaining PREA, ACA, ADA and NCCHC compliance.

Fast Flexible Cells are a cost-effective solution for any correctional facility, whether it’s an existing facility or a new detention center being built. Existing facilities that see an influx of detainees can implement the FFC in unused space within their property to expand housing capacity or create more usable facility space. The units can be stacked to create multi-story structures and are extremely durable and fortified to meet all security levels. The 100% steel frame structure satisfies the National Institute of Corrections guidelines and is safe, secure and tamper resistant. FFCs are shipped in a flat pack and are quick and easy to construct, which makes delivery and storage easy. This also allows management to quickly scale up or down to meet the ever-changing housing and facility demands of the establishment.

One of the defining characteristics of the FFC is the ability to customize the structure to meet the exact needs of your individual facility. Single, double, quad and multiple unit communal cells are all available, and can be fitted for individual plumbing and with solar or generator power. Negative air pressure and UV sanitization can be included in the unit for medical environments and every FFC is equipped with a heavy-duty raised floor system to allow for prefabricated plumbing, power and HVAC service distribution. These features increase the speed of construction and reduce costs. The best part is that the system is completely modular, so you can repurpose existing units as the needs of your facility evolve. This is especially important in our current pandemic situation. The FFC can be used to expand medical isolation capacity, and then be repurposed into housing or programming space when the medical unit is no longer needed.

In order to best serve inmates, corrections staff and governing bodies, correctional facilities need to remain agile and quickly adapt to organizational changes. Fast Flexible Cells can bring an added level of flexibility to detention centers, prisons and jails. These modular units can reduce construction time and cost for new facilities and can help existing facilities easily scale up and down to accommodate fluxes in the incarcerated population. With extensive customization options, varying security levels and a flat pack design that is easy to build, FFC’s are the ultimate in 21st century correction facility design. To learn more about how these structures follow PREA, ACA, ADA and NCCHC guidelines and create a more flexible environment for your facility, visit

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