The Corrections Industry: The Uses of Fast Flexible Cells

1 February 2021 Tate
Fast Flexible Cell Modular Infirmary

In our last Corrections Industry blog, we introduced you to our new Fast Flexible Cell (FFC), a prefabricated, modular unit that can be used in several different applications throughout correctional facilities. From housing and medical units, to programming and administrative use, these cost-effective structures bring an added level of flexibility to both public and private institutions.

Probably the most obvious use for the FFC is temporary or permanent inmate housing overflow. When existing facilities are unable to accommodate an influx of offenders, FFCs can be implemented as single, double, quad and multiple unit dormitories. The individual units can be stacked to create multi-story structures, and because of its flat-pack design, the FFC can be stored on-site and quickly implemented on an as-needed basis to quickly scale your housing capacity up or down. This makes it extremely flexible for a variety of uses across the correctional setting. The FFC can be customized to accommodate the exact needs of your facility, whether that means including plumbing, solar power, negative air pressure or other tailored additions. You can read more about those customizable features in our first blog, The Corrections Industry: The Basics of Fast Flexible Cells.

Adequate medical facilities are necessary to foster a safe, healthy environment and maintain PREA, ACA, ADA and NCCHC compliance. Fast Flexible Cells can be implemented to expand existing infirmary capacity and create additional medical exam rooms and medical or correctional restrictive housing. These units can be especially important during pandemics and major health emergencies, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, to quickly create medical isolation areas for inmates. The pods can also be outfitted with padding and other equipment for safer mental health and crisis housing.

Because the FFCs are customizable, they can fulfill almost any spacing need your facility has. Use the modular units to create offices and administrative space in a location where wardens, superintendents, correctional officers and other custody staff can have better visibility of inmates. Or, deploy a pod that is reserved for inmate programming, educational activities and free time. Because the units are fortified to meet all security levels, you can avoid potential safety concerns. And as the needs of your facility evolve, the individual units can be repurposed to better serve the detention center. If you installed new FFCs to accommodate medical isolation during the pandemic, you can reuse those pods as additional programming space when the pandemic rates decline, for example.

Fast Flexible Cells can also be used outside of the correctional setting. This solution can be deployed for short- or long-term military housing, military corrections or FEMA emergency response housing. The flexibility of the unit expands its uses and makes it a viable option for a wide range of applications in many different industries.

For correctional jurisdictions and other industries looking for a convenient way to manage rapid increases and decreases in the populations they serve, Fast Flexible Cells are a perfect solution. The ability to customize the units to meet your needs and quickly install, relocate or store the pods makes them an ideal option for many different applications. From inmate housing and programming space, infirmaries and restrictive housing, and even military and FEMA emergency housing, Fast Flexible Cells are a PREA, ACA, ADA and NCCHC compliant solution that will make your facility more agile and prepared for unforeseen changes. For more information, call us at 800-231-7788 or email us at

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