"The cargo containers present the best solution globally to meet critical, rapid response needs for incarceration facilities," says Ron Budzinski, FAIA, a principal with Dewberry and a leading expert in correctional facility design.
, who worked closely with law enforcement agencies and municipalities in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, understands the urgency in terms of addressing correctional facility needs in post-disaster and post-conflict situations.
"When prison facilities are damaged or inoperable, or there is a surge in the need to house inmates, the RDP concept can help nations address this demand quickly and efficiently," he
"It's a flexible solution that can accommodate a variety of program needs, including staff residences, inmate housing, food preparation, administration, training, visitor processing, and an energy center."
The UN's requirements included the provision of staff housing and an inmate capacity of 500 beds, with support facilities, for less than $15 million.
According to Budzinski
, the first location for implementation could be Haiti, which is still struggling with inadequate prison facilities following the 2010 earthquake.
Along with CGL Chairman Steve Carter, AICP, Budzinski has recently traveled to Belgium and Mexico City to present the concept to various ICPA representatives and UN entities.
and Carter were also part of a team presenting the concept at the ICPA annual conference in Singapore.