A note during the first few scenes of the final draft script of "Detained" stated about the internment camp, "From Mayweather's perspective, it could just as well be a colony or even a Helix." Later in the script, the first overview of the facility was described as "A large, featureless building surrounded by a protective wall and a guard tower. Nearby, we can see a hangar that houses (off camera) spacecraft that have been impounded." The script also called for a single set to be used as both a standard prisoner's cell and, redressed, the isolation cell.
Although Detention Complex 26 is established as having a nightly inspection in the episode "Detained", the episode's final draft script referred to the facility as having only one regular inspection, which was at midday, with other inspections carried out at random times "every few weeks."